Ars Technica: Vox lawyers briefly censored YouTubers who mocked The Verge’s bad PC build advice. “Last week, The Verge got a reminder about the power of the Streisand effect after its lawyers issued copyright takedown requests for two YouTube videos that criticized—and heavily excerpted—a video by The Verge. Each takedown came with a copyright ‘strike.’ It was a big deal for the creators of the videos, because three ‘strikes’ in a 90-day period are enough to get a YouTuber permanently banned from the platform.” After the description I now kind of lowkey want to see the video.
Bloomberg Quint: Google, Facebook Forced to Pay Creators Under New EU Rules. “Online platforms will be required to compensate publishers and creators for the content that appears on their websites, under new European Union copyright rules that could shrink access to online media in Europe.”
The Verge: YouTube’s copyright strikes have become a tool for extortion. “An anonymous blackmailer has caught at least two YouTube creators in a scheme involving cash ransoms and esoteric copyright laws. Last week, both creators shared stories of how their channels were being threatened with a third copyright strike — and the possible termination of their channels — from an anonymous extortionist. The scammer offered to reverse the strikes in return for payment to a bitcoin wallet (which, as of this writing, remains empty) or to an adjoining Paypal account (that has since been deleted).”
TorrentFreak: Kenyan Govt. Protests as National Anthem Hit With YouTube Copyright Complaint. “The Kenyan Department of Justice has aired its displeasure after a video on YouTube featuring the country’s national anthem was hit by a copyright complaint. UK-based De Wolfe Music is claiming to be the owner of the track, which is actually in the public domain.”
EurekAlert: The hidden treasure of digital piracy? Can boost bottom line for manufacturers, retailers. “Research analysis by faculty in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and two other schools found that a moderate level of piracy can have a positive impact on the bottom line for both the manufacturer and the retailer — and not at the expense of consumers.”
University of Arkansas: A Belated Gift: U.S. Copyright and the Public Domain. “The University Libraries launched a new digital exhibit in celebration of Public Domain Day Jan. 1. ‘A Belated Gift: U.S. Copyright and the Public Domain,’ which features Arkansan contributions from 1923 that are now in the public domain, is available to researchers worldwide, free of charge.” Not a huge collection, but interesting.
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Download Free and Copyright-Free Music for YouTube Videos. “Don’t post a video on YouTube with background music from a copyrighted source. It’s probably going to be taken down. Instead, get free and royalty-free music from one of these sites.” Of course, even if it is public domain, YouTube might flag it anyway.