Copyright = A big bloody mess

Google defines copyright as: “The exclusive and assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material.”

Which is completely fine and all but goddamn, it’s a huge mess when you actually get into it. There are so many intricacies that will make anyone fume with rage. Now, the main goal of copyright is so nobody takes someone else’s idea and make money off of it. However, there are times where it’s completely moronic. Youtube is a prime example of where copyright can get stupid.

Long story short, Youtube’s copyright system detects where copyrighted material like music or video footage is used in a person’s video. It will then flag said content and issue the person who uploaded it with a warning. Said user will not be able to make any money off of the video. It sounds okay at first but this is where problems start occurring. Say for example a company gives you trailer footage and they say it’s okay for you to use it in a review. You then upload the review but then get a warning from the same company who gave you the trailer footage. Preventing you from making revenue off of the video despite the company giving you the okay.

An example of this happening is video game reviewer Angry Joe:

There’s also issues when it comes to fan creations/parodies but I guess that’s a story for another time.


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