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by Matt Jarbo category: Cause
YouTube has been using an extremely buggy content flagging system for years, that now acts as a potential stranglehold for any channel that chooses to operate under the Fair Use guidelines set forth by the United States Government.
Sadly, many Television and Film studios don't like to comply with the laws created by our Government, and frequently disregard Fair Use laws when issuing DMCAs or Content ID flags through YouTube. Not only does this happen, but almost anyone can issue these copyright strikes on YouTube, and they are legally obligated to act when one issued.
As more and more people cut the cord, and move to digital-only forms of entertainment, the need for Fair Use guidelines to be respected grows as well. Content Creators such as Doug Walker (Channel Awesome), Blippi, I HATE EVERYTHING, Sargon of Akkad, The Drunken Peasants, myself, and countless others have been affected by people abusing the copyright system on youtube to silence our opinions, or to take monetization away from content they have no right to.
This needs to stop.
Content creators are the lifeblood of YouTube and we have almost no way of contacting them to voice our discontent. In fact, many channels have no way of reaching YouTube directly once they are taken down by false DMCA claims, and are left to resort to massive social media pushes in order to get some help. And that is precisely what this Thunderclap is aiming to be.
Where's the Fair Use? (#WTFU) is a video by Doug Walker outlining what is wrong with the current YouTube Copyright System, and how we are powerless to stop it. This campaign hopes to change that by reaching out to youtube through social media.
We are asking that when this campaign ends on March 2nd, 2016, you tweet at YouTube and ask them "Where's the Fair Use? #WTFU
Together we can show YouTube and Google that we are in desperate need of a change, and that if they want to remain the #1 video service in the world, they need to find a middle ground to support us when false DMCAs happen.
I am a full time YouTube content creator, who comments on daily news and other pop culture events around the globe.