YouTube is one of the biggest online video websites and as such it has a growing copyright infringement problem. You probably already know that YouTube has a powerful automatic takedown tool that detects and flags alleged copyright infringement and then sends videos to a receiving site where they’re processed. The problem is that no humans are directly involved in this process. That results in innocent videos being taken down and creative people being stifled.
This is sad, but it is nothing new. However the takedown tool outdid itself for sheer stupidity when it flagged a video loop of a cat purring, apparently because EMI Music Publishing and PRS owned a 12 second part of that loop.
In the copyright notice sent to the video uploader, Digihaven, it was stated that Content ID had flagged the video because it contained a musical composition called “Focus” the rights to which reside with EMI Music Publishing and PRS.
Digihaven told TorrentFreak that while YouTube didn’t take down the video, which has been up on the website for nearly a full year, monetization was disabled so he could no longer make money off of people listening his cat, Phantom, purr. It’s getting so you can’t even make money off of adorable cats anymore. Thanks YouTube.
The cat’s owner filed a dispute over the matter and EMI then lifted its claim on the video so it is no longer flagged. What a bunch of idiocy. Thank God that as always, cats prevail in the end.
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