YouTube directors hit the web today to protest a developing situation on the popular video sharing service. Directors claim that large chucks of the videos they published were getting flagged for containing copyrighted material. This is concerning because it affects how ad revenue is distributed between YouTube and the owner of the video. If a video you post to YouTube gets flagged, the copyright owners will receive all the ad revenue for that video. Since there are a number of people who use YouTube as a primary source of income, the outrage was widespread.
First, the video game publishers came forward to announce that the YouTube strikes were not coming from them. Ubisoft, Blizzard, Deep Silver and Capcom, among others, reassured that they had no problem with how their games were being used. However, the problem stems from YouTube’s revised the way ownership of videos is expressed and how they are paid out. This new system would create a queue system that would scan your content before it was published. The system could take as little as a few hours or as long as a few days. Another issue that compounded the outrage was that videos are now being more heavily scrutinized for content. Things that used to pass through just fine were being flagged.
At this point in time, there are no quick fixes in place and YouTube is encouraging all those effected to appeal the decision via the site itself. Good luck to all those effected and we hope it works out for you!