In the last few days, an alarming amount of copyright claims have been showing up at the feet of YouTube channels that host video game-related content, such as “Let’s Plays”. These notices come from YouTube’s automated system called ContentID, and restricts the user from monetizing their content with advertisements.
Today, in a response to Polygon, a YouTube spokesperson noted at least one cause of this spur in copyright claims: “We recently enabled Content ID scanning on channels identified as affiliates of MCNs [Multi Channel Networks]. This has resulted in new copyright claims for some users, based on policies set by the relevant content owners.” This means that ContentID has started coming after not just hosting channels such as Machinima, but also its affiliate channels that produce content for them.
The spokesperson also noted that users can still dispute these claims the same as ever. While this is true, these disputes can take up to 30 days to be addressed, all the while ad revenue being blocked for the entirety of that channel.