Guess Whose YouTube Channel Works Again?

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
guess whose youtube channel works again

YouTube has finally processed our counterclaim to Volkswagen’s claim of copyright infringement. And guess what? YouTube’s copyright bots decided in our favor! I’m right chuffed about it.

What does that mean? Well, not so much for you, but it means we can do our jobs a bit more effectively. Also, it means David can still take on Goliath — and win.

It’s been over a month since we made our counterclaim against Volkswagen’s copyright infringement claim. Google’s Search servers might be lightning fast, but its process for sorting out a copyright claim for YouTube is arduously slow.

To celebrate our win, enjoy this soothing, Volkswagen infotainment B-roll. Ohhhh yeah.

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  • Kyree Kyree on Mar 05, 2016

    "Right chuffed?" Did you turn into Mike Brewer when I wasn't looking? haha Meanwhile, one would think that Volkswagen's lawyers would have more important things to worry about than TTAC's YouTube.

  • Von Von on Mar 05, 2016

    Maybe you can celebrate by releasing another article compiling all the articles on VW scandal so far. Honestly, not being sarcastic, it's been a while since the last one, and the links are a useful way to provide a detailed account without making it a hundred pages long. Also, it's a good reminder to VW that they have bigger problems to worry about, seriously, your lawyers don't have better things to do in the middle of the biggest scandal of your company's history? Not that I was a huge fan of VW before, but I have considered the GTI, CC, and their wagons at various times in my life. Don't know if they will ever be a contender again for me.

  • Xeranar Xeranar on Mar 06, 2016

    This is increasingly becoming an issue as YT has to deal with more and more videos uploaded every minute. So for a short briefing: Youtube implemented this system in response to taking away their responsibility for the DMCA (a Republican favorite for you right-wingers out there). It isn't that the law is awful, it is to some extent, but rather that Google's solution is really awful. Basically they automated the system to bring down the copyright infringers faster and they do bring down SCORES OF THEM. The constant barrage of illegal posting is an issue but in the same breath sites like TTAC can be trolled by corporations for violations. It doesn't mean that TTAC can't or doesn't violate the rules at times but there needs to be a clear and separate path for 'official' channels that are accepted as monetized entities and present themselves as upright actors. This is happening to scores of internet reviewers, video game lets players, and the like that use established media to create new and interesting works. Until Youtube fixes this new trolls are going to spring up to steal revenue (since they allow all monetization to go to them until it gets reversed instead of escrow) and corporations are going to aggressively abuse it to the point where they'll continue to silence views they dislike.

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    • Xeranar Xeranar on Mar 06, 2016

      @VCplayer The core of DMCA is wholly in the neocon corporatist architecture. Democrats passed it in the era of Third-way approach so if that bill came back up it would likely suffer major changes or complete blockage. As it stands, it's really outmoded. It was a stop-gap measure when the internet was new and unfolding. It's going to need to change and Google's YT needs to shift how they make their complaint system work but that may end up costing some access to YT as other 3rd party video sites get more and more bandwidth access. Frankly, the system is wholly convoluted....

  • Ktm Ktm on Mar 06, 2016

    To add to Xeranar's post, there is (are) companies that do exactly this as a form of business - the file a copyright infringement claim against a channel and have it taken down while they then profit from the monetization of the same video. It takes Youtube MONTHS to resolve the claim, resulting in loss of revenue for the original channel and a boon for the trolling company. Said company does this against a multitude of channels, even if the content is purely original.