Hundreds of thousands videos are posted on YouTube every day. You Tube checks all the videos through their content ID system for Copyright violations and content that is not appropriate to be uploaded. You might think that it’s easy to slip through because YouTube has to check so many videos, this is not the case, YouTube’s policy against violations is very strict and they remove any video that doesn’t comply with their terms of services.
What are the Reasons for Removal of Your Video?
There are usually three reasons of removal of a video
- DMCA takedown
- Content ID match
- Violation of YouTube Terms of Service or their Community Guidelines
Each has a certain aim, a definite punishment and a specific way of coping with removal.
You might wonder why your video was removed. The thing to do is to go to your Video Manager just click it and it will tell you why the video was removed.
Removal Due to DMCA
DMCA is the acronym for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. It is the largest segment in the copyright law, it is cited as the law responsible for most copyright flags. Basically, the law says that YouTube is not responsible for the copyright policing of the videos on their site. For example, EMI cannot sue YouTube because someone posted EMI music without permission. In order to maintain that protection, however, YouTube needs to follow the rules DMCA has set. If EMI asks a video to be taken off of YouTube, YouTube has to remove the video.
A DMCA removal is also known as a copyright violation. If one of your videos is removed due to a DMCA violation, your account will get a Copyright strike. Copyright strike flags your account and as a result you are unable to access certain YouTube features. Three strikes and your YouTube account is going to be terminated completely. You can file an appeal to EMI or whoever filed the notice and request them to retract it. A Strike will expire after 6 months that too if you’re in good standing and if you complete YouTube’s Copyright school.
How to Avoid a DCMA Take down
You can avoid being taken down by DMCA by complying with their rules or you can play smart and find loopholes in their systems to avoid being tracked down.
Following the rules is a better idea, it is harder but the right way to go. Post genuine content and if you’re using someone else’s background music purchase a license.
To avoid being detected you can use the ‘black hat’ method, you can mirror the content, distort in a way that is undetectable. It is always a risk and the video can be removed anything even if it has achieved a million views or if it is monetized.
once the video is removed you can file a counter-claim hoping to be in the right. If not you will have to cope with loss of having a strike, do it again and it will second strike, third, and your account is terminated.
Removing Content ID
You Tube will conduct a content ID match; it is an automated scan performed to see whether content of an account doesn’t hold the ID of copyrighted content. For example, Disney uploads a trailer of their new movie and an ID will be given to it, whoever tries to upload it will go through a scanning system which will match the IDs and your video will be flagged.
A Content ID match has a few results. The studio claiming copyright decides the action taken against the violator. They can either choose to have your video removed or they can choose to track it to see what you’re doing with their content. Sometimes companies monetize the flagged videos to promote their content.
Preventing Content ID Flags
To be honest the Content ID system has flaws. It has been notorious to flag and remove videos when the content in those videos is totally distinctive. Also unluckily, the Content ID system is almost entirely automated and is swarmed with counter-claims, which makes it difficult to appeal a flag.
Here is what you can do;
- Create original audio and video to avoid Content ID flag
- Use free use content or you can license copyrighted content
- Avoid posting unedited content, if you do it will be categorized as piracy.
- Don’t rely on copyrighted sources for your monetization videos.
- Know the producer of the content, corporate giants are more active in taking action than others.
If there is a dispute regarding Content ID match the copyright holder will have following option
- They might ignore the claim and you can keep your video.
- They can attempt to sue, being dragged to the court is something both the parties don’t usually prefer.
- They can send DMCA notice and your video will be removed.
Usually they go for the third option. Actual suing is very rare.
Guidelines and ToS Removal
YouTube has a strict general outline for their terms of service. This is mandatory to follow if you want to use their platform. Apart from copyrights, you cannot post any pornographic material or any content that is sexually explicit, you cannot post violence of any kind this includes virtual and gratuitous violence. YouTube also does not accept any kind of illegal actions such as drug abuse, creating bombs and underage drinking. You also cannot post any videos that show gore or shock like an accident. You also cannot post anything that is or is related to hate speeches or anything that is deemed as assault content.
If you consider the above points, you must respect copyright and the rules. While there are loopholes in YouTube, eventually they catch on. You must note that YouTube is a large organization and has a tendency to close loopholes. If you try to sneak in a video that does not conform with their policies, they will eventually find it and close it down – You will also earn a nice penalty.