Youtube’s Copyright Strike ain’t Right

Ethan McCullough, Staff Writer

Copyrighting has become a regulation abused by businesses to exploit the public. Originally intended to protect art, the practice has devolved into a system that perpetuates the use of monopoly rights by big businesses to influence the distribution of money. Youtube’s become a recent culprit of this corruption. 

Once at the forefront of expression, Youtube’s reputation has been dragged through the dirt with the dramatic increase in demonetizations of it’s content creators, coupled with the corrupt nature of its striking system. The copyright strike system youtube utilizes is intended to terminate content which doesn’t abide by the terms of fair use, terms which are outlined in article 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act. The issue lies in allowing the companies to claim the videos they’ve deemed to be in violation of the act. Often resulting in questionable to downright false claims being made against creators. The notorious strike system enforces that too many successful strikes against an account result in termination of the channel. Controversial creators, reviewers, and artists are all endangered under this system, out of fear of false claims halt their ability to create and make money on the platform.

The origins of copyright was founded by the Stationers Company in London to “stem the flow of seditious and heretical books”, which posed threats to the crown. It later became about giving the monopoly rights to publishers and distributors. This made sense for the era. Typewriting took an incredible amount of time and was prone to have errors. In copyrighting the production, the practice effectively protected the art of creating written works. But in our modern times, big businesses like to use the exclusivity of copyrighted material to limit accessibility to the public for malicious monetary purposes.