Astonishingly, the status on my copyright claim dispute now says:
All content owners have reviewed your video and confirmed their claims to some or all of its content: Entity: Spinnin’ Records Content Type: Visual content
Really?! Somebody at Spinnin’ Records took the time to watch my video and confirmed that they own some part of my 10 minute production? That’s preposterous. More like “Cha-ching, another sucker whose video we can hijack for our monetary gain!” What motivation do they have to make it right, when YouTube offers no recourse to the creator (me), and all power goes to the copyright claimant (them) who can just sit back, relax, and make money from other people’s efforts.
I’ve emailed Spinnin Records, and sent a message through YouTube to user “SpinningRec”. No response. Meanwhile, my video now has an advertisement and link to buy some Guy’s song “Quantum”. So they’re receiving ad and click income from my work.
On the one hand, we’re not talking about millions of $$$ here. On the other, it simply feels unbelievably unfair, and that I am being wronged here. It’s hard not to feel a bit like David vs Goliath.
I found this website run by a law student with an interest in copyright law. Clearly I’m not alone in this. I particularly like his paper Why YouTube’s Content ID dispute process does not work the way YouTube says it does.