Change the YouTube copyright algorithm to be more fair for musicians

Change the YouTube copyright algorithm to be more fair for musicians

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Ranz Adamson started this petition to Google and

Musicians who are demonstrating the educational use of their instruments such as synthesizers, guitars etc cannot do so without major record companies claiming copyright for sound bites that are not even remotely musical or similar to the claimant's original work.

When a musician uploads a video showing how to use a certain musical instrument - and the content of use is not a cover or replica of another artist - it is just a sonic demonstration with no melodic content - YouTube has been placing copyright claims on these videos.

This poses a few issues:

  1. The original video maker does not get an instant right of reply or rebuttal - instead it is a protracted 30 day affair where both parties submit their rebuttals. 
  2. In this 30 days, the video performance is hindered by way of differing severity dependant upon the copyright claim. In some cases it can be blocked, demonetised and even the standard video algorithm of the video performance is hindered.
  3. As a result, the video does not reach it's potential audience correctly and the whole purpose for content creation is non beneficial. 

In many cases the result times out after the 30 day period and no notification is provided to the originator of the video. The claim is removed and the video sits there as it should have when first uploaded. At this point in time, the video is 30 days old (or longer) and does not have the same algorithm benefits as one that is newly uploaded.

The main issue with these claims is that they are seemingly financially motivated. Basically these large companies are collecting thousands of small monetisation claims. It must be a worthy cause for them, as it is becoming more and more prevailant (as at 2021).

The writers of this petition would like the algorithm to be changed to reflect the differences in musical equipment and instruments used. Copyright claims should not be on a noise that can be demonstrated non-melodically on a musical instrument. Instead it is fair and reasonable for a claim to be made against a cover or copy of the original music - using the melodic content, vocal lyrical content and large sample sound bytes. 

We feel the current algorithm has left it open to financial loopholes where copyright claims are created to syphon small amounts of monetisation funds over thousands of unwearing YouTube channel owners.

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