YouTube, Kontor New Media and their bogus Content ID Claims [Updated]
So I recently had a video of mine flagged for containing the music of another artist, which was surprising for me, considering I wrote the original music featured in the video.
It’s the video of the ‘countdown’ from Straight to the ‘Art, the installation I created with Olivia Ilic back in 2009. The automatic Content ID thought it sounded like “I Know You Are, But What Am I?” by Mogwai, which actually sounds like this:
Both pieces have a repeated C# played continuously on the beat, albeit on completely different instruments. But I understand how the automatic Content ID software would have confused this as an incorrect match. So I disputed the copyright infringement notice, citing the reasons and logic above. I got this response:
These content owners have reviewed your video and confirmed their claims to some or all of its content:
Entity: PIAS, Kontor New Media, and Beggars Content Type: Sound Recording These content owners have reviewed your video and agreed with your dispute:
Entity: Kontor New Media Content Type: Sound Recording
Entity: Believe Content Type: Sound Recording
Entity: WMG Content Type: Sound Recording
So now because ‘PIAS, Kontor New Media, and Beggars’ whoever the hell they are have decided to uphold their claim that they were right in the first place, I am denied ad revenue from that video. Not only that, THEY collect the ad revune to any views of my video and the video has an attribution and link to Mogwai.
How. Fucking. Dare they. Of course, the record companies get the last word, so there isn’t an option for me to ‘counter dispute’ their claim, instead I have to just send an email to YouTube’s copyright department in the hope that they will remove this.
Which I have done, and am awaiting a response. In my email, apart from spelling out the above, I added information about the development of this piece of music, in that it is a ‘countdown’ version of the original music from the installation:
And that this piece of music is itself a reworking of an earlier piece of mine, which was an experiment in forging together the musical language of two very different electronic artists – Ryoji Ikeda, the crazy Japanese born ultra minimalist loved by experimental theatre practitioners everywhere, and David Lowe, the broadcast film and TV composer who created the much loved BBC News ‘pips’ themes. Incidentally, Low On Rye (get it???) is a bonus final track on my film music compilation album, which is available on Google Play, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. But I’ll let you listen to the track here because I’m a swell guy:
UPDATE: After emailing YouTube, who in turn gave me the email address for Kantor, the claim was released. But then when I tried to re-enable the clip for monetisation, again it was flagged as containing content that wasn’t mine, and I’m yet again waiting for the claim to be released!
UPDATE 2: Well it keeps happening, no sooner have a fought a false ID by having to deal directly with the publishing company and they release the claim, another company immediately leeches on.
UPDATE 3: Over 2 years since originally publishing this article, this video continues to be hit by incorrect Content ID claims on YouTube. The most recent one I am currently disputing is from Kantor New Media again. This is what the Copyright Dispute looks like for this one video alone: