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YouTube invites users to 'dispute invalid Content ID claims'

Firm issues response to widespread game video cull

YouTube has invited gaming channel holders to dispute "invalid" Content ID claims after the website issued mass copyright warnings to game video bloggers.

A growing number of well-established gaming YouTube posters have reported receiving hundreds of strikes on their channels, as website owner Google implements a tougher new technology that auto-detects content in breach of copyright.


A YouTube spokesperson has clarified the firm's stance in a statement to press. "We recently enabled Content ID scanning on channels identified as affiliates of MCNs [Multi Channel Networks]," said the rep to Polygon.

"This has resulted in new copyright claims for some users, based on policies set by the relevant content owners," they added.

According to YouTube user reports, however, an alarming number of copyright claims are flagged from companies that don't appear to own or be related to the content. Additionally, a number of large game publishers have said they are not responsible for the recent onslaught of copyright claims.

Publishers including Blizzard, Capcom, Ubisoft and Deep Silver have spoken out in support of affected YouTubers, urging them to file disputes so that they they may be resolved.

YouTube also advises users to file disputes. "As ever, channel owners can easily dispute Content ID claims if they believe those claims are invalid," said the YouTube rep.

In a statement to CVG, Ubisoft said it's making efforts to clear disputes on videos of its games within the same day as the filing.