UPDATE: Since publishing this story, YouTube has removed the videos, but the problem still exists:
YouTube is falling victim to its own flawed ContentID system as videos from YouTube’s new Red subscription service are not only circulating the free web but are being freebooted on to YouTube’s own platform as well as Facebook. In particular, various episodes of Pewdiepie’s series, “Scare PewDiePie,” which premiered on YouTube Red just over a week ago on Feb. 10th, has multiple episodes on both YouTube and Facebook.
Below are videos that have been ripped and re-uploaded to YouTube, and on Facebook here.
*Note, Facebook’s linking systems seems to be showing a dialogue that says the content is not accessible, so we’ve attempted to embed the video post at the bottom of this post, as well. Though that’s also not working well, as you know from our post on 5 Issues for Creators Uploading Video To Facebook.
PewDiePie, currently networked with Maker Studios, is YouTube’s most popular creator, with over 42 million subscribers, and the majority of his videos grab view counts in the single digit millions within a few weeks. According to Tubular Labs, his average video view is 4.2 million with 5.5% engagement. If PewDiePie is converting even a fraction of his subscribers over to the paid product, YouTube could be raking in the money, but just as any other creator who suffers copyright infringement and piracy, ContentID is the break in the system. A superficial scan reveals that of YouTube Red’s other three originals from Lily Singh (Network: CDS), AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth (Network: Fullscreen) Rooster Teeth’s “Lazer Team” has been freebooted on YouTube, but removed.
VideoInk has reached out to the networks to verify whether they manually claimed these videos or if ContentID flagged the videos.**
UPDATE: Fullscreen has confirmed they are claiming the videos on behalf of “Lazer Team”, even though YouTube is the “owner” of the IP.
But the fact that YouTube’s content is appearing on Facebook, where there isn’t any sort of rights claiming and flagging system, begs the question — who does YouTube go after? The individual who has ripped and uploaded the content or Facebook or the platform that is enabling such piracy without a safety gate? YouTube settled a similar suit with Viacom in 2014, and if a DMCA claim has not been pushed for this content on Facebook, then likely the platform is protected by Safe Harbor.
**Maker Studios declined comment.
*”Embedded Facebook Video Post” —
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Posted by Scare Pewdiepie on Saturday, February 13, 2016