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Warner Music Orders YouTube Takedown Of Slow Motion Crochet Video With No Music


Teresa Richardson doesn't strike you as someone intent on pirating content and taking down the music industry.  But according to the popular YouTuber, someone at Warner Music Group felt that a slow motion video of her teaching a crochet lesson that contained no music and almost no audio belonged to them and needed to be quashed.

"I have one video that has a conflicting claim from WMG, submitted the dispute although it has not been released. They are claiming the audio and the video," according to the self-proclaimed "Crochet Geek". Here's an example of her work on YouTube that has 50,000 hits:

"The ("WMG") video does not appear to have been uploaded 3rd party on another channel," according to Richardson. "Since I have content ID and they have content ID, it looks like an intentional act on their part where they just claimed my video….They do not have the rights to claim my video to begin with.  How long before they just decide to claim ownership to the rest of my content?

Repeating a questioned asked by many consumers, Richardson asks: "How can companies like WMG talk out both sides of their mouth about piracy, yet they willfully claim content that does not belong to them on YouTube?". More on her bog here.

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  1. Hey Bruce can you write a story every time someone posts something illegally? Right now you write a story every time some intern at a major makes a mistake. Are you bored or something?

  2. To add to the above. Ever heard of XML errors and bugs? Nothing seems to be blocked now. Oh those evil major labels, fucking with crocheters.

  3. what are you talking about bruce?
    seems to be google’s fault. everyone knows google’s content id system sucks.

  4. I guess this wouldn’t seem as funny if it happened to you or someone famous, right?…I suppose her rights are unimportant to you…

  5. I recently signed up for Content ID for my sound recordings. I have an idea what could be going on. Here’s how Content ID works for sound recording copyright holders (or at least for me):
    – When I signed up, I was prompted to add a list of all my songs and ISRC codes.
    – Google’s system identifies any NEW video that has my music in it (from the video metadata from what I’ve been able to determine) and “claims” it for me.
    – I can’t actually claim the soundtrack of any video on my own, it is only done by the Google bots automatically when a 3rd party uploads a video.
    – Content ID gives you 3 choices for what to to when a video is found with your content in it: 1) monetize 2) track 3) block. I have option 2, to track, as my default.
    So it sounds like what could have happened here is that the Content ID robots found a video for whatever reason and Warner has the default set to block?
    I actually signed up for Content ID to track all the videos that ALREADY have my music in them. For a very brief window when my account became active (2 days) I was able to use the Content Management interface to search for and claim the audio of videos. I managed to claim the audio for about 20 videos before that feature was disabled on my account. I was told that claiming videos is not a feature that is supposed to be active for sound recording copyright holders and it was a “bug” that I was allowed to do it.
    We can’t know for sure what happened buts it’s an idea…

  6. Warner Bros needs to slow down. Is there a band with an album cover or music video with sewing and knitting in it? LOL

  7. It was a conflicting claim that could have resulted in a takedown. Every content creator who receives a wrongful claim from WMG, UMG or any other content network lives with that fear.
    I have to thank the person who wrote this because the problem is the music companies and a few other content networks claiming content that does not belong to them.
    UMG taking down MEGAUPLOAD and claiming they can remove what ever they like? This is a very serious action by UMG late last year! They are abusing thousands of content creators on YouTube.
    The YouTube forums are loaded with claims similar to mine. Dig and you will find them. My video was released but it should not have ever been claimed. There are thousands of others like myself who may not ever get the claim removed.

  8. This was an intentional claim on their part. The video was public the whole time but they were blocking or possibly intercepting advertising.
    They want to claim piracy and take down YouTube, yet they can intercept any video that does not belong to them and put advertising on the video. How much money are they making by this practice through claiming thousands of videos that do not belong to them? How many of them never get released? I question their practices on YouTube.

  9. Perhaps some sort of class action lawsuit would be in order, with everybody who received wrongful claims or takedowns of this sort as the plaintiff, and Google and various entertainment companies as the defendants.

  10. All the more reason why pulling content down without due process should be stopped altogether. If you think it is annoying to read about someone getting their content pulled down unjustly, imagine how annoying it is to have it pulled down. Shining light on these “little” stories is part of why I read Hypebot. I consider it a great service and real journalism.

  11. The potential motive for this claim may have something to do with the proposed settlement agreement (due signed no later than Jan 16, 2012 to receive advances on advertising monies to be split up) due to YouTube’s proposed settlement with copyright holders/labels/film companies.
    So, (for every crochet video/sons first haircut/funny pet video, or other out there -wrongfully claimed) 50,000 youtube hits x $xxx.xx in advertising revenues monies that would hit the labels accounts (before any scrutiny of wrongful claims, such as happened to Teresa) x How many Teresa’s are there out there? = $$xxx,xxx,xxx.xx
    This all equates to $Tons$ of monies being footed out by YouTube to the labels/film corp, etc., whereby perhaps years down the road any of this might eventually (if ever) be recouped by the rightful copyright holder… yeah right!
    -sadly it would take an act of Congress to right this wrong~ LOL fat chance of that- no pipa soapa puni intended~

  12. As I understand it, DMCA takedown claims are made “under penalty of perjury”. That would seem to mean that they are supposed to take some care over such claim, and if it turns out to be wrong, there is a presumption that they deliberately lied about it, and are liable to legal sanctions for doing so.

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  14. I have a question..
    how does it work when you as a song writer/producer have videos taken down when the labels aren’t the sole owner of the copyright?
    as a writer on these songs i still own a piece of the copyright…i may not own the master recording but this is about ALL of the owners of a piece of music is it not? how do I keep videos using MY OWN major label releases on other artists up on youtube?

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