YouTube creators and Twitch streamers perform a terrific cover of popular songs in fun attempts to surround YouTube's widely criticized copyright strike system.
In recent months, YouTube creators have been running copyright issues while making TikTok video reactions, where they collect TikTok's cringey clips and either react or comment on them . But TikTok videos contain music from artists signed on labels like Sony and Warner, and labels will issue copyright claims, preventing creators from monetizing their video.
To work around it, creators such as Danny Gonzalez and Kurtis Conner have been replacing music with their own singing. Gonzalez and Conner are half-heartedly singing songs such as "In The End" by Linkin Park and Imagine Dragons "Believer" while the corresponding TikTok video plays on the screen. The same creators explain in their videos why they sing instead of playing music, as Conner plays, "I think it makes it much better." It's a little painful to hear, but ultimately a blissful way to the YouTube copyright system needs to be implemented.
Its effective transfer allows their videos, which have not earned money in the past due to copyright infringement, to finally be given money. Hopes are the major labels like Sony Music or Warner Music Group can not claim copyright infringement, or the song will not be less likely to trigger YouTube's automated system for air search -copyright content.
YouTube creators have fought for excessive violations of copyright claims and takedowns for years, prompting debates on Fair Use and monetization policies. If the owner of the copyrighted content issued a notice of removal or claiming a video violates their copyright, YouTube must act. That could mean taking a video down, or sending money from ads to copyright owners, rather than video creators.
TikTok's reaction is an interesting case of how copyright claims work on YouTube – and why creators have failed. TikTok videos include less than 10 seconds of music, yet it is still enough to receive a copyright claim – at TikTok itself, music is all licensed from labels.
The issue remains that YouTube creators are trying to monetize videos that contain content they did not create. They have not partnered with Sony or Warner Music like TikTok at present. The reaction videos are a big part of YouTube's current culture; people are raising popular movie trailers and releasing their reactions to what's happening on the screen. These videos are usually costly.
"I removed the music belonging to Warner's music group because I did not have the intentions of unjust use of their music," wrote the creator of Holo FX in a video description of TikTok compilation. "I do not claim to own any music that is played. We just dance here and use the TikTok app to create this one."
Gonzalez and Conner's workaround does not just work for TikTok, either . Players creators and streamers are pulled into the same hole to get copyrighted songs in the previous YouTube Content ID system. In the example below, the creator The Apekz sang "Let It Go" from Frozen in an attempt to make sure his video about Kingdom Hearts 3 .
At the time of the video passing, he jokes that he expects his hard singing means he can not get copyright, adding that he does not want to "be forced to sing more songs" just to avoid getting copyright.