The video I published in December, aptly named Ice, has become the subject of copyright disputes. In question is the background music.
As I understand it, when content is submitted to YouTube an automated process--a robot--is activated to assess if there are any copyright violations. Should it find any, the submitter and the owner of the matched content are informed. The robot offers to the submitter the option to either acknowledge or dispute the claim. The owner may then take action accordingly.
In my case I disputed the claim as the material is in the public domain, in terms of both content and the performance. As a result the claim was released.
However, I find now there is a second claimant. This makes me wonder how many of these claims I might receive? Is this it or could there be more? Will the Robot go amok sending me be tens, hundreds or even thousands of notification? Obviously concerning.
As a first step I have provided the same explanation to the second claimant but also taken the additional step and I have submitted feedback to Google recommending process improvements:
- When multiple copyright owners match the same material there should be an option enabled by the submitter to automatically provide the same dispute rational to each complainant rather than what seems to be the current practice of individual manual responses. This would allow claimants the opportunity to assess the case prior to submitting a formal claim. Furthermore it would speed up the resolution process as a result of more timely responses. Claimants however have the opportunity to accept or reject individually and in such cases the submitter will need to address accordingly.
- Google should notify each complainant of the existence of other complainants.