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YouTube Sues Alleged Scammer Over DMCA Extortion Scheme

An alleged scammer who tried to extort money from YouTubers by abusing the site’s “three strikes” exclusion scheme is about to get his comeuppance. A lawsuit filed by YouTube in a US federal court seeks compensation and an injunction against US-resident Christopher Brady in response to abuse of the DMCA, harassment, extortion, and an apparent […]

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YouTube Forbids Monetizing Short Music Clips Through Manual Content-ID Claims

YouTube has announced that it will update its manual Content-ID claiming policy. Starting next month, rightsholders are forbidden from manually claiming videos that use short or unintentional music fragments. Those who repeatedly violate this new policy will have their manual claiming rights revoked. With the new policy, YouTube hopes to improve fairness in the creator […]

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Popular Stream-Ripper Voluntarily Disables YouTube Conversion

Onlinevideoconverter.com, the most-visited stream-ripper site on the Internet, says it has voluntarily disabled conversion and downloading of YouTube videos. The decision is a direct result of YouTube’s efforts to block servers of several stream-ripping sites in an attempt to thwart “violative downloads.” With millions of visitors per day, Onlinevideoconverter.com is the most-visited stream-ripping site on […]

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YouTube ‘Blocks’ Popular MP3 Stream-Ripping Sites

Several stream-ripping sites have been unable to download and convert files from YouTube starting a few hours ago. It appears that the video streaming platform is actively blocking requests from these sites. While the reason for the sudden blocking efforts is unknown, the music industry would certainly welcome a more aggressive stance from YouTube. Free […]

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BMG Sues Hilton Hotels Over ‘Infringing’ YouTube & Facebook Promo Videos

BMG Production Music is suing Hilton Worldwide after the hotel company allegedly used unlicensed music in several videos published to YouTube and Facebook. A lawsuit filed in New York states that despite being warned, Hilton continued to infringe, and as a result is guilty of direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement. BMG Production Music, Inc. […]

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YouTube Ordered to Hand Over Identities of Manga Pirates

Publishing giant Shogakukan has obtained a DMCA subpoena compelling YouTube to hand over the personal details of several alleged manga pirates, including their names, addresses, IP logs, and financial information. However, significant details in the subpoena could have even broader consequences. Users of YouTube upload millions of pieces of content to the platform every month, […]