Post Reply Fair use: anime reviews
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Posted 4/14/16
So I have been seeing a lot of youtube channels get shut down or having videos removed for copyright laws even if they are abiding to the fair use laws. I was wondering where people think the laws for fair use start to fade into illegal usage of copyrighted material.
From what i understand you can use it so long as your doing a review or commentary or am i mistaken?

has anyone noticed the elimination of youtube channels happen over this?
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Posted 4/14/16
nope, never heard of #WTFU or how anyone can literally make false claims and take down an entire channel without proving that they own the copyright, and how several content creators started complaining about the issue. definitely did not notice this.
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Posted 4/14/16 , edited 4/14/16
It is a bit more nuanced than that: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/

On Youtube of course, many companies have bots which unthinkingly scan videos for content, and automatically fire off a takedown for matches. Of course, channel owners can fight back and appeal, even take legal action against false takedowns.
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Posted 4/14/16
good luck fighting against a corporation that can afford a competent lawyer. even if you win, you'll still lose due to attorney fees, which are prohibitively expensive.
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Posted 4/14/16
Erring on the side of the owners of the material as a default is typically a good idea, but YouTube needs to actually check if they are the owners and also deal with counterclaims in a fast and fair manner to the content creators.

YouTube is merely avoiding copyright problems on their end (so they don't get in trouble for hosting copyrighted material). They are being overly cautious which causes problems for creators. Basically YouTube isn't willing to fight for the people who make YouTube's content.
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