YouTube users worldwide are asking the site 'Where's the fair use'?
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Nowadays, YouTube is a money-making monstrosity. And I guarantee, almost every one of you reading this has a favourite YouTuber that make a (in some cases very generous) salary off the website: Markiplier, the Game Grumps, PewDiePie, JonTron, KSI… I could go on for days. But recently, it looks like content creators for YouTube are under contstant threat, with many apparently facing a barrage of rampant and – in numerous cases – unjustified copyright strikes from large corporations. The issue was highlighted by online film critic Doug Walker (better known by the alias of the Nostalgia Critic) in a video he uploaded to the site on Tuesday, a few days after his video content faced strikes from the Japanese corporation Studio Ghibli. In the video, Walker claims that his YouTube page, Channel Awesome, as well as others like I Hate Everything and YourMovieSucks, have been coming under fire from Hollywood studios and directors for using film footage in their online movie reviews. The claimants have been issuing the content creators with “strikes”, which limit the abilities of the user’s channel and, scarily, provide the person/studio that made the claim with the revenue made from the video. Revenue that would normally go to the creator. Combining this with the fact that YouTube seems to deal out little, or no, punishment for wrongful or malicious strikes, and you have a system that is rife for abuse from copyright holders.
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