The biggest joke in this video is the claim from YouTube that they take people making fraudulent copyright claims very seriously. What a joke. Abusive claims are the norm and there are literally companies who's sole business model is claiming a newly uploaded video for the first couple days of its release, reaping most of its ad money during those first few days, and then releasing the claim.
> there are literally companies who's sole business model is claiming a newly uploaded video for the first couple days of its release, reaping most of its ad money during those first few days, and then releasing the claim.
Wtf. How do people keep turning out more terrible than I thought they could be?
I was just looking for this, you beat me to it by the minute. This deserves a lot of attention. Copied directly from his description of the video
>Yep, it's true. I received a notice of channel termination from YouTube effective May 7, 2021, UNLESS I give up my copyright ownership rights of two of my videos that were stolen by a Youtuber in Saudia Arabia. Even then, the email clearly stated that they "may" terminate my channel anyway even if I give up my copyright because my DCMA complaint was "fraudulent". WTF?
>This guy uploaded two of my popular videos some time ago, modified them somewhat, and reaped millions of views. Youtube notified me of this so I requested via YouTube that he remove his videos. Somehow, Youtube now thinks I do not own my own works and has "determined" that I have submitted "fraudulent" copyright complaints. His channel is mostly a collection of videos he has stolen, flipped the aspect, and then slowed down the audio to try to escape detection. He then narrates them, calls them a "reaction video" and makes money off of the work of others. He doesn't even give my channel credit for the original video, not that it would make any difference except to make me not dislike him so much.
>Copying and publishing 10 full minutes of my work is clearly a violation of the DMCA. But I suppose since his channel is much larger than mine and undoubtedly generates much more advertising revenue, YouTube has decided that Aquachigger must be sacrificed unjustly. I won't go down easy. FREEDOM! (lol)
AquaChigger is an established youtuber, of over 1 million subscribers. He has even had his own television show. This should not be happening.
The stolen content channel is a react channel located in Saudi Arabia. The guy stealing the video edited Aquachigger's video in a way to prevent the youtube bots from detecting it as such. As stated in OP's video, the "react" channel mirrored the video, altered the audio, and overlayed himself to hide the fact that it's stolen. Obviously guilty.
I really hope some big channels hear about this and help him out. Chigg is one of the best people on the platform.
Why are there so many human parasites everywhere? If it isn't youtube, it's tax scammers or crytpo scammers or insurance scammers. Is it even worth it to try to make an honest living anymore?
low risk, low effort, high reward.
The worst that could happen is their channel gets deleted, their channel of stolen videos.
I hurt my back really bad a few years ago. I found Aquachiggers river treasure videos. It was great having something to take my mind off the pain while stuck in bed.
He does so many cool things.
River treasure hunting (phones and sunglasses)
Metal detecting (usually civil war stuff)
Trips across south western America
I hope this gets cleared up.
I hope your back is better
This bums me out, I watch his videos all the time. One of my favorite gems i've found over the years. I don't metal detect or anything, just enjot the videos. Bummer :/
Me too. Aquachigger is so nice and I love watching his caving videos as well as his metal detecting ones. I was in disbelief when I saw this in my sub box, I'm glad it's getting exposure here. This type of stuff needs to stop
> Plans to start posting on Facebook
Talk about out the frying pan and into the fire.
What other option does he have? IG, which is also Facebook, TikTok, which is a random Chinese company and isn't better either, etc.
YouTube just needs to have a couple of class-action lawsuits from all these content creators to effect real change. This react channel profiting off of his content is a symptom of a corrupt company.
I have a YouTube account, it’s attached to my gmail account that I’ve had since it was invite only. I’ve uploaded videos in the past but I wouldn’t say I have a channel, they were mostly videos I made in school or stuff for fun. They all have copy written music in them and some have had the music muted or the video is blocked in some parts of the world. But I haven’t uploaded anything in years, then last week.
> We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube.
> How this affects your channel
>We have permanently removed your channel from YouTube. Going forward, you won't be able to access, possess, or create any other YouTube channels.
I did literally nothing and they completely deleted my YouTube, as in all the stuff I’m subscribed to and watch. There was no warning or anything, I was just watching videos and then it said I needed to re-authenticate and then I saw this notice in my email.
I emailed them saying basically WTF I didn’t do anything. A few days later they responded.
> We’re pleased to let you know that we’ve recently reviewed your YouTube account, and after taking another look, we can confirm that it is not in violation of our Terms of Service. We have lifted the suspension of your account, and it is once again active and operational.
WTF kind of system do they even have in place to be able to just do shit like this? After I got that email I got a few more emails saying my content would be blocked in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria. So how did that stuff end up causing my account to be deleted? So stupid and I was so pissed because I’ve had this account since like 2005. A long time ago Google Finance did the same thing and blocked me on their finance boards and even though I disputed it I never got a response.
That's actually what got AquaChigger in trouble in the first place
Confused. The email states that all he has to do is prove that he is able to represent the video, so all he has to do is just state that he is the producer/owner/creator of the videos. If he does that he does not lose the channel.
What am I missing?
Youtube is notoriously sloppy in responding to contested claims. They automated the process of making the initial, often-abused claim system, but sort of just stopped fucking caring about anything after that. People will regularly provide piles of evidence that a striked video is theirs, and still have Youtube go "Lol, nah!"
This is legitimately an area where Microsoft could actually dethrone Google, if Microsoft created an EASY TO USE (key point) video sharing platform that provided decent financial incentive and didn't over-do the ads (fuck 2 hour ads, fuck mid-roll ads).
The letter he got from YouTube also said that he can submit an explanation.
It looks like he flagged the Saudi video as copyright, the Saudi guy denied - now youtube is telling him to explain.
It doesn't look like he will lose his channel if he explains.
Youtube has shuttered channels without taking the review into account. So he's trying to drum up support so that somebody at youtube actually looks at this explanation.
I hate reaction channels as much as the next guy and think they need to be stopped, but what is fair use is a bit of a grey area at the moment legally. Almost all the big youtubers and streamers do reaction videos that are no less lazy than this guy and they don't seem to get much push back. There have been some high profile cases like the one with h3h3 that have deemed using other peoples content as fair use, but obviously its a grey area and needs to be resolved on a case by case basis. I think he should seek legal advice in the first instance and definitely submit a full statement regarding why he feels it isn't fair use as it's clearly not a fraudulent copyright claim.
Actually, he has 100% my sympathy but he is 100% wrong here. Reaction videos are allowed both on youtube, and confirmed by the American courts to be fair use (although this will probably not be American jurisdiction).
Also he does not read out the line where youtube simply ask him to provide some evidence. This is all it is, a request for information with a clear 7 day notice. I have FALSE copyright claims made against me from time to time and I am very glad that Youtube take strong action against repeat offenders. It is a very fine line and before whipping up a crowd he could have simply checked the rules on reaction vids and provided the evidence he was asked for.
Sorry, please don't hate me for simply stating the truth.
There are a few arguments within this video that are incorrect and should be addressed:
* "He's taking other people's videos and doing what he did to mine. This is an illegal thing he does."
He's referencing that basically this guy is taking entire videos and "reacting" over them, which he states is illegal. It's not legal, nor illegal, it's complicated. And this dives straight into fair use laws in the United States. Fair use **has** to be decided by a court, for each individual claim. No fair use case is deemed legal/illegal until decided by a court, period. And Youtube states that they do not decide fair use cases.
* "I'm going to lose my channel in a few days if I do not retract my statements that those are actually my videos."
This is not what I read in the email he shared. YouTube is asking for *additional* information in the takedown notices submitted. When you submit a takedown notice, you have to be prepared to fight it. It clearly states "If we don't receive a detailed explanation from you within 7 days, your account may be terminated." So he needs to reply to the email stating why he believes it's not fair use. Again, YouTube **does not** decide what's fair use and what isn't, [they clearly state here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PvjRIkwIl8). All he needs to do is explain his situation, probably citing fair use, and they would gladly hand this over to the courts.
Yeah he's jumping to a lot of conclusions because of the word "may" in one email.
I asked this in another spot in this thread but how is this any different than the lawsuit H3H3 and the creepy hookup guy went through?
Creepy guy made a weird video, they reacted and made fun of it, the creep sued them for using his footage but ultimately lost in court because reaction videos are transformative and usually fall under fair use.
Hold the phone...the email LITERALLY says to email them the details.
"I need advice on how to keep my channel"
...email them the details.
Redditor and Saudi. These kinds of channels are sadly great in numbers and have terrible content to offer. I’m sorry this guy is going through this. The moment I laid my eyes on the infringing channel I knew who was guilty.
Said channels frequently post either lame, out of touch humor vids of pranks, shallow vlogs talking about their personal and ill informed opinions or blatantly steal content such as the case here. Then they would prance around other social media platforms as “content creators” and “artistic” when in fact this is how they curate (i.e. steal) content from the web. No credit. No clarification. Millions of English illiterate folks following them. Its a travesty.
If you watch the video, YouTube asked him ***to provide a detailed response explaining why his takedown request was not fraudulent***. This was the first option in the letter.
YouTube did not tell him that he had to give up his copyright or they would take down his channel. They asked him to write a detailed response why his takedown request was not fraudulent.
Someone should explain this to him: Simply write a detailed response why your takedown request was not fraudulent. Talk to a lawyer who can help you write it.
Please don't respond that he should not have to do that. I agree. I want him to succeed by simply doing the first option YouTube requested because all the facts appear to be in his favor. Write the response before the deadline. ***This is easy.***
TLDR; Guy doesn't understand how fair use works and as a result is willingly going to let his account get terminated as a penalty for reporting a fair use scenario as infringement.
He has a perfectly legitimate right to be upset about it but it's a bit strange he doesn't know the law.
(Note: I haven't watched the "reaction" video so I am just presuming it qualifies as fair use -- most "reaction" videos do meet the standard)
1. he was notified via the AUTOMATED PROCESS that they need info that the video was infringing, he needs to respond: it says “more info needed.”
2. the letter says it MAY be fraudulent: he needs to provide proof that the video is his, and that’s VERY easy to do so.
He flat out misconstrues the problem at the beginning that states his channel is “scheduled to be terminated.” it is not.
he also days that “youtube doesn’t like what i’ve been sending them” yet he hasn’t even responded with the proof of his copyright.
This whole video is very facebook-y like “some saudi stole my thing and because i reported it youtube is deleting me!”
fuck this shit and all the people in the comments NeEdInG tO DrAw AtTenTiOn to it.
**This is a non issue and millions of people have gotten the exact same letter in response to disputed copyright claims.**
Also, reaction videos are usually defended by reddit as “fair use” lol sucks when it happens to you, right?
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