Mr. Beast posted on Twitter that he got this claim, which was very questionable:
My recent tweets have been about my videos getting claimed and I wanna do a video to give a little more detail (…) Analytics tells you whatever musical composition and the record label that got you demonetized by copyright owner. However, this doesn’t give you any information which is why I was always so confused (…)
If we look this video, it is is claimed by “LIVING ON VIDEO” by Pascal Languirand, whoever that guy is. This is what I think they claimed me for we were singing “Livin’ on a prayer”, but I didn’t use a beat, we just sung this song and I don’t thing that’s claimable, but whatever.
Then this Pascal guy, who doesn’t even own the song claimed, claimed this other video because we said the words “Living on.”
You say the words “Living on” and you get claimed, all the revenue is lost from your videos. What the HELL is this YouTube system!? The system is supposed to be there to protect people from copyrighting and re-uploading another people’s content.
Grandayy pointed out on Twitter that the methods that these companies are using outside of YouTube are equally crazy, if even crazier, bringing up stories like this:
If you're not convinced, and you still think that this is mainly YouTube's fault, just see what these music companies are doing of outside of YouTube.https://t.co/Wj0BDOBhPF pic.twitter.com/ggbVND5VTD
— Dr Grandayy (@grandayy) February 11, 2019
In 2008, PRS for Music began a concerted drive to make commercial premises pay for annual “performance” licences. In one case it told a 61-year-old mechanic that he would have to pay £150 to play his radio while he worked by himself. It also targeted a bakery that played a radio in a private room at the back of the shop, a woman who used a classical radio to calm her horses and community centers that allowed children to sing carols in public.
Grandayy had this to say on the matter, spanning across multiple tweets, including the aforementioned:
I honestly think YouTubers should start targeting their criticism about copyright abuse more towards the Hollywood music / movie / TV companies than towards YouTube itself. YouTube can’t just ban Universal Music Group from Content ID or they would just get sued immediately.
With Article 13, Hollywood labels will get even more power over websites like YouTube so things can only get even worse than they are right now. When they get what they want in the EU how long do you think it’ll take for them to move their focus over to US law? It’s scary stuff.
If you’re not convinced, and you still think that this is mainly YouTube’s fault, just see what these music companies are doing of outside of YouTube. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRS_for_Music#Enforcement
Something needs to get done!