We’ve written extensively in the past about the struggles YouTuber’s face simply by uploading their work onto the Internet – ranging from angry fans, troublesome trademarks and even celebrity backlash. But it appears that their worst nightmare is one of the most fundamental elements of how YouTube creators work – the complaints system.
Last month, Channel Awesome shared an out-of-the-ordinary video to their viewers explaining what was happening BTS of their successful YouTube channel. It came as a shock to most viewers to see a content creator speak so emotionally about how YouTube was both the reason for their simultaneous success and anger.
They went on to describe how all their videos, past and present, were not being monetised because one TINY copyright issue was taking over a month to be resolved. You can watch Channel Awesome’s video below – it’s a must watch for anybody thinking about working on YouTube full time.
Since posting this video, the guys over at Channel Awesome had their issues resolved within four hours, but what about everybody else? What about even smaller creators? Or people uploading family videos to share with friends? If you’ve been on our site for a long time you’ll know that we also recently spoke about YogsCast and Cryaotic and their incredibly fed-up thoughts about their videos being removed/de-monetised for unfair copyright infringements.
There are two main problems, the first of which being the fact that the new ‘Appeal’ system was put in place to allow creators to challenge random copyright infringements and Content ID claims when they’re not in the wrong. However, these cases can take many weeks to be resolved, meaning that creators can miss out on vital financial income from from their videos.
The second problem stems from the fact that viewers have the freedom to flag up videos without any reasons whatsoever. Alex, from the YouTube channel I Hate Everything, stated that ‘anyone has the power to falsely flag videos, and there is no punishment for doing so, so ultimately the content creators are penalised’. We completely agree that the accessibility to burn YouTube videos without just cause is just wrong.
We really have no idea how these complaint systems will ever be resolved as their implementation is a vital function to help police creators on YouTube who do break copyright laws – but if there is enough of an uprising regarding unfair treatment, will YouTube finally listen to their biggest creators and stop randomly slapping YouTubers with vague infractions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!