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  1. FreeTube is an open source cross-platform client for YouTube that promises better functionality and improved privacy. The free application is available for Windows, Linux and Mac devices. Windows users may download a portable copy and run it without installation. At its core, FreeTube is based on Electron, which some dislike. Those who do not mind, get a well-designed YouTube client that comes without any advertisement and better functionality than the original. FreeTube's core features include an ad-free experience, no tracking, options to follow channels and publishers without account requirement, and lots of customization options. The app starts with a blank screen by default, as it loads subscriptions, which are likely empty on first run. Subscriptions may be added without Google account, and they may also be imported from YouTube. A click on trending or most popular displays videos, so does searching for content using the search box at the top. A click on a video starts the playback immediately. The page looks very similar to the original YouTube page. The video takes up most of the screen estate, but you get channel information, related videos, the description and even comments, if you so desire, as well. Autoplay is supported, but it can be turned off. There are options to save and download videos, share them, or change the video format. You can change the video resolution, use picture-in-picture mode, change the playback speed, and toggle subtitles. Videos can be played in FreeTube, but there are options to play them on YouTube, an Invidious instance, or an external player that you specify instead. There is also an option to open YouTube links displayed in a web browser in FreeTube; this requires the installation of an extra extension, though. A quick check of the player settings reveals even more options. There, you may change various defaults, including the default volume, fast forward and rewind interval, the default playback rate, desired quality or default video format. The settings are extensive. Open the distraction free section and you find a good dozen options to deal with annoyances on the site. From hiding recommended and trending videos to disabling live chat and streams, to hiding chapters. When it comes to playback, FreeTube uses two different options. A built-in option that is used by default or Invidious. To further improve privacy, it is possible to use an external proxy such as Tor. Another interesting feature of FreeTube is the ability to subscribe to channels without requiring an account. Just hit the subscribe button and you find new videos under Subscriptions in the program interface. To make this even better, profiles may be used to group subscriptions and better distinguish between them. Verdict FreeTube is a desktop client for YouTube that provides better functionality than the original. It is privacy-friendly on top of that. Note that it is still considered beta at this point. Now You: do you watch YouTube videos? If so, which clients do you use for that? Landing Page: https://freetubeapp.io/ FreeTube is an open source private YouTube client
  2. This Cat Betrayed His Girlfriend just funniest vid ever! If we could refrain from using quotes in replies here pls?
  3. Two people who transformed full-length movies into YouTube videos that could be watched in just 10 minutes have been hit hard by a court in Japan. More than a dozen copyright holders targeted the pair in a civil suit claiming infringement of 54 movies. A decision handed down at the Tokyo District Court this week orders the pair to pay compensation of $3.56 million. Setting aside two hours to watch a movie can be a luxury these days, especially when the busiest among us claim they can guzzle 200 TikTok videos in much less than that. So-called ‘Fast Movie’ channels appear to offer some middle ground. Popular mainstream movies lasting a couple of hours are edited down to around 10 minutes and then uploaded to YouTube. The aim is to keep the storyline more or less intact yet despite obvious drawbacks, millions of people enjoy watching them. Fast Movie Crackdown Signs that movie companies were about to send a message trickled through last year. Japan does not recognize fair use and even if it did, experts predicted that ‘Fast Movies’ would still cross red lines. People generating advertising revenue from ‘Fast Movies’ certainly wouldn’t improve things either. In June 2021, three ‘Fast Movie’ YouTubers were arrested in Japan following criminal complaints from several media companies. All three faced potential prison sentences plus fines for crimes allegedly committed in 2020. In the face of overwhelming evidence, the defendants entered guilty pleas and received prison sentences of between 18 and 24 months, suspended for up to four years, plus total fines of around $25,000, payable to the state. But it didn’t end there. 13 Media Companies Seek Damages in Civil Lawsuit In May 2022, 13 member companies of the Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) and Japan Video Software Association (JVA) followed up their win in the criminal matter by filing a civil lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court. Listing 54 copyrighted works including ‘I Am a Hero’ and ‘Shin Godzilla’, Asmik Ace, Kadokawa, Gaga, Shochiku, TBS Television, Toei, Toei Video, Toho, Nikkatsu, Nippon Television Network, Happinet Phantom Studio, Fuji Television, and WOWOW, said that the defendants’ ‘Fast Movies’ had been viewed 10 million times on YouTube, causing two billion yen ($14.2 million) in overall damages. For the purposes of their civil damages lawsuit, however, the plaintiffs entered a partial claim of ‘just’ 500 million yen ($3.56 million) against the defendants collectively. Tokyo District Court Decision In a decision handed down yesterday at the Tokyo District Court, Judge Masaki Sugiura acknowledged that the two defendants responsible for uploading the ‘Fast Movie’ edits without permission should compensate the rightsholders for the damages caused. In line with the media companies’ reduced claim, the defendants were ordered to pay 500 million yen, roughly $3.56 million. Having sent the clearest possible message, the plaintiffs followed up with a joint statement delivered by their partner anti-piracy groups. “This is a ruling that fully upholds our allegations, and we believe that it should be a great deterrent against copyright infringement in the future,” a joint CODA and JVA statement reads. “Compared to other copyright infringement cases in recent years, the amount of compensation awarded in this case is large. The 13 plaintiffs acted in unity so as not to allow the criminals to get away with impunity whilst profiting from copyright infringement, and the significance of this judgment is immeasurable.” More Work To Be Done Another key goal of media companies worldwide is to prevent pirate sites from generating revenue from advertising. After receiving a request from Shueisha, one of Japan’s largest manga publishers, anti-piracy group CODA sought action from an advertising company in Spain. “CODA confirmed placement of advertisements on 27 pirated manga sites in Japan and Hiroyuki NAKAJIMA, Legal Director of CBEP ‘Cross-Border Enforcement Project’) run by CODA in association with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, requested in writing, thorough a Spanish law firm, to stop placing ads on these sites on 17th October 2022,” CODA says. “The Ad Agency responded on 30th October pointing out that although it is impossible to grasp the contents of all the websites that it renders services, it had canceled the contracts with the sites in question and had stopped providing services to all the 27 sites, and promised to ensure that it would not provide services, nor would it enter into contracts with those who infringe intellectual property rights in the future.” CODA says that it has continued to monitor the 27 sites and can now confirm that 26 carry no ads provided by the unnamed agency. The remaining site is under investigation. YouTubers Must Pay $3.5m Damages For Uploading 10-Minute Movie Edits
  4. YouTube's latest Transparency Report shows that fewer copyright holders used the Content ID system to protect their works. Despite the modest decline, more content was flagged overall, with over 750 million claims during the first half of 2022. Traditional DMCA takedown notices are on the rise as well, with an increase of more than 30% year-over-year. Last year, YouTube released its first-ever copyright transparency report. The streaming platform revealed that the vast majority of all claimed infringements were reported through the Content ID system. This pattern remained intact in the first half of 2022. YouTube’s latest transparency report reveals that 99 percent of all unique claims were made through the automated system, despite the fact that only a tiny fraction of the rightsholders have access to it. 757 Million Claims Hundreds of thousands of entities sent copyright claims to YouTube over the reporting period. Of these, just 4,773 actively used the Content ID system. This is a small decline compared to last year when 4,893 rightsholders used the automated anti-piracy system. The decline occurred despite more entities having access to the system today. Interestingly, the decline doesn’t result in fewer copyright claims; the number of reported Content ID copyright actions increased to nearly 757 million, a five percent bump compared to last year. YouTube’s Content ID system is mostly automated. More than 99 percent of all claims don’t involve any human intervention but the system does allow rightsholders to submit manual claims if the fingerprint filter fails to pick something up. “For videos missed by automated identification, many Content ID partners have the ability to issue claims manually. While this tool covers an important gap, it accounted for fewer than 0.5% of Content ID claims made in the first half of 2022,” YouTube explains. Manual Claims are Contested More Interestingly, these manual claims are twice as likely to be disputed by YouTubers. This suggests that ‘human’ claims are more controversial than those identified by automated filters. The Content ID system isn’t without controversy of course. YouTubers regularly complain about content being flagged in error. At the same time, many rightsholders are unhappy because they are not allowed to use the cutting edge tool. YouTube says that it intentionally restricts access to the tool to the top echelon of verified rightsholders. This is partly done to limit abuse, as Content ID can wreak havoc when it ends up in the wrong hands. “This is especially important because claiming can happen automatically, and while one copyright request removal made from the webform impacts only one (or a handful) of videos, just one invalid reference file in Content ID can impact thousands of videos and users, stripping them of monetization or blocking them altogether,” YouTube notes. More DMCA Webform Takedowns Aside from Content ID claims, ‘normal’ rightsholders can use the standard DMCA webforms or the copyright match tool to flag content. This represents only one percent of all flagged content on YouTube. That said, webform usage increased by more than 30 percent year-over-year. Finally, it’s worth noting that YouTubers always have the option to contest copyright claims. During the first half of the year, 3,690,786 disputes were filed, which is on par with a year earlier. These disputes can pay off as more than half were resolved in favor of the uploader. The three transparency reports YouTube has released thus far show the massive scope of the Content ID system, which processed more than two billion claims in 18 months. Going forward, it will be interesting to see how the various trends develop. Fewer Rightsholders Use YouTube Content ID, But They Flag More Content
  5. Merging short-form and long-form YouTube is how Shorts wins, but doing it without complicating and wrecking the rest of the app won’t be easy. Vertical video is coming to a TV near you. (Vertical TVs next?) Image: YouTube YouTube Shorts is working. That much Todd Sherman knows for sure. Sherman, the product manager behind YouTube’s endless-scrolling short-form TikTok competitor, is quick to quote the numbers: 1.5 billion users a month are watching Shorts, and they’re watching 30 billion videos a month. “And those numbers were back in the beginning of the year,” he says. “Things have grown since then.” Creators are monetizing; viewers are watching; everything seems to be trending in the right direction. The question really facing YouTube — now that it’s increasingly clear that the TikTok-style vertical scroll is part of the future of video, and now that Shorts seems likely to be part of that future — is how Shorts actually fits in. YouTube is already so much more than a simple service for uploading video, and as the company also tries to integrate music, podcasts, games, movies, and much more, making Shorts make sense inside the YouTube app might turn out to be just as hard as competing with TikTok and Instagram Reels. This week, for instance, YouTube is bringing Shorts to its TV apps, so you’ll be able to watch the short-form video from the comfort of your couch. On the one hand, this is a perfectly natural idea: Shorts is a fast-growing content type, and lots of people watch YouTube on their TV. Everybody wins, right? On the other hand, short-form video in the TikTok / Shorts / Reels era is so closely tied to smartphones: the quick tools for editing and remixing a video, the in-app camera, even the vertical orientation and swipe-scrolling feed. The YouTube team had to reconcile all of that with the larger screen. That means even simple questions — like, should Shorts loop when they’re playing on a TV? — turn complicated quickly. “I think for videos that are particularly short, within short-form, oftentimes looping is beneficial because you really need more than one watch to get the value out of it.” But with a 60-second video, Sherman says, “you have a beginning, a middle, and an end… and typically, you don’t want to loop those quite as much.” One version of the Shorts UI YouTube tested was like a side-scrolling queue of Shorts videos, each one playing as the queue moved right to left. Another was dead simple: just the video in the middle of the screen. The team eventually landed on showing the video in the center of the screen, with like and dislike buttons next to information about the video’s creator and sound. They still scroll vertically, though, and they still loop. For now. “The UI challenges are certainly non-trivial,” Sherman says, “because it’s almost doing the opposite of bringing landscape video to the phone.” He says there’s lots more to learn about how users want to interact with short-form video on their TV, how those videos should display, even whether the algorithm should change depending on the screen size. “Are the things you enjoy with a very personal experience for you the same things you want to watch on a device that typically has more than one person looking at it?” he asks. Maybe, he wonders aloud, Shorts on TV should bias more toward generally popular videos. Or toward videos you’ve already liked. This is all brand new, he says, and it’s useful to remember that nobody really knows anything. Shorts, in general, poses a lot of questions for the YouTube app. At first, the short-form videos were treated mostly like any other video, shoved onto creators’ shelves and into recommendations. That hasn’t really worked; the YouTube subreddit is full of people building Chrome extensions and scripts to automatically remove Shorts, and they just don’t seem to belong next to what the company now calls “longform YouTube.” More recently, YouTube moved Shorts to its own tab in the app and its own section of creators’ channel pages. Short-form is still promoted everywhere in the YouTube experience, but now it’s treated like a separate thing. But plugging Shorts into the rest of YouTube is crucial to making Shorts work. “If you’re watching short-form video,” Sherman says, “and you run across somebody reacting to another video — maybe they green-screen themselves in front of it — we want to make it easy for the user to get to that source.” The team also wants to make it easier to turn a long-form video into a Short and vice versa. “Or, for that matter,” Sherman continues, “if you find yourself on a long-form watch page, and that video has been remixed a bunch, we want to make it easy to get to all those Shorts.” He keeps riffing: if you’re watching a video soundtracked by Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” you should be able to see all the other Shorts using that sound but also the full music video and whatever other Swift videos you want. A particularly ambitious version of what Sherman’s talking about could eventually turn Shorts into the new YouTube homepage: a more immersive, more interactive way of browsing through content that then seamlessly leads you around the rest of the platform. Just like TikTok is building a music app to help listeners get from viral clip to full album, YouTube sees Shorts as a gateway into YouTube. Sherman seems both excited about and wary of this idea, but mostly he thinks it’s too soon to know for sure much of anything. “You and I are standing on this frontier, looking out at something that no one’s really nailed.” YouTube’s opportunity in almost every category is the same: to figure out how to build a great gaming / music / kids / podcasts / whatever product and then plug it into the rest of YouTube in uncopyable ways. With Shorts, there seems to be no beating TikTok at its own algorithmic game, but if YouTube can turn Shorts into both a fun feed of its own and a guide to everything else on the platform, it might have something that’s actually both natively YouTube-y and thoroughly TikTok-y. Then it just has to figure out the best way to get all that video to you, on every screen everywhere. It’s working on the biggest one you’ve got, but there are many more to come after. YouTube Shorts are coming to your TV — and taking over the platform
  6. YouTube has announced today that it is launching a new feature called Primetime Channels, which allows users to watch content from various streaming services who have partnered with them, directly within the app. The current list of platforms that have been announced includes SHOWTIME, STARZ, Paramount+, AMC+, and ViX+. Users can sign up, browse, and watch content while staying within YouTube while using this new feature, which begins rolling out in the US today. Primetime Channels can be found within the Movies & TV hub in the YouTube app, and any services that you sign up to will be integrated into your account. Content from the services will be shown in search results, and viewing history will drive site-wide recommendations. The current list of platforms that YouTube has partnered with for the launch of Primetime Channels stands at 34, with YouTube stating in its press release that it will "continue working with [their] partners to bring even more content options to Primetime Channels." Following a recent move by YouTube to segregate different content types, this seems like YouTube is wanting to bring mainstream content to the forefront and become more of a streaming hub for users, when there are so many different platforms. YouTube announces Primetime Channels for streaming service integration
  7. YouTube has started rolling out its revamped website with a fresh look and feel. The rollout is part of YouTube's transition towards Material You design not only on its mobile apps, but also its website. Everything is more curvy now, from the thumbnails to even the search bar on the top. YouTube has also introduced ambient mode on the web. The ambient mode works using dynamic color sampling, where it introduces a subtle effect so that the video player background matches the video itself. YouTube says they wanted to inspired by the light that a screencasts out in a dark room, and wanted to recreate the same. YouTube has also formatted the video description as well as the buttons there. The subscribe button has also been changed from red to white, although YouTube says the new shape and color is way more accessible, and will make is really stand out. Google has been slowly transitioning towards Material You design across all of its major apps. Last year, Google rolled out Material You to its Workspace apps as well. YouTube's Material You redesign is now rolling out to all users
  8. There’s an update for YouTube viewers. The video-sharing service is finally adding separate tabs to clearly distinguish between its regular videos and Shorts that limit video pieces to 60 seconds in length. The new change will make it both easier and simple for viewers to discover the content they prefer watching while exploring a creator’s channel page. So, rather than seeing all video uploads (including long-length videos, Shorts, and live streams) under a single Videos tab, users will see separate tabs dedicated to each category, as described below: Shorts tab: Dedicated to short video clips. If you are watching YouTube Shorts in the Shorts feed and try moving to a creator’s channel from the feed, you will be directed to the Shorts tab. Live tab: You’ll find all streams in this tab including any that are currently active, scheduled, or archived. Videos tab: Plays long-form content. You’ll no more see Shorts or live streams listed under it. The change comes amid feedback from users who insisted on having a more streamlined way to discover and consume content. The update has started to roll out today and will be available for both the YouTube app and the website across all platforms in the coming weeks. Source and image: YouTube YouTube rolling out separate tabs for Shorts, live streams, and long-form videos
  9. Google announced the rollout of a new design on its YouTube website today. After gathering input from "thousands of viewers around the world", Google decided to give YouTube a "cleaner, more lively design". One of the main changes is a new ambient mode, which displays a glow around the video area that adapts the background color of that area to the main color of the video. Ambient mode is activated automatically in dark mode. Google notes that it has updated the dark mode design "so that the colors truly pop" on user screens. The feature, which is rolling out to desktop and mobile versions of YouTube, looks to become a controversial one. Google claims that it received "overwhelmingly positive reactions from users during testing", but first reactions on sites such as Twitter or Reddit paint a different picture. Some like ambient mode, others dislike it. Some find it distracting, others don't want it to change dark mode's color scheme while playing videos. Good news is that it is easy to turn off the glow of YouTube's new ambient mode. Here is how that is done: On desktop and mobile devices: While playing a video, select the Settings button. Locate the Ambient Mode setting in the list of preferences. Toggle it to off to disable Ambient Mode for all videos on YouTube (in that browser). Other options are provided by userscripts. The script YouTube watch page update reverter, for instance, reverts the watch page to the classic one. Note that it has not been updated yet to reflect the changes announced today. Keep an eye on other userscripts as well. Another alternative is to use third-party apps or services to watch YouTube videos. NewPipe is an excellent YouTube client for Android, but there are other YouTube client alternatives as well. Desktop users may want to check out extensions such as LibRedirect, which redirect YouTube to mirror sites powered by Invidious and others. Other YouTube design changes There is more. Playlists show more details now and have received the same color treatment according to Google. To reduce distractions, Google decided to change links in video descriptions to buttons. Frequent actions, such as sharing or downloading, are "formatted to minimize distractions". There is also a new pinch to zoom feature and precise seeking feature available that is being rolled out to all users on Android or iOS. Pinch to zoom allows users to zoom in and out of videos while they are playing. The zoom level stays once the action is ended on behalf of the user. Precise seeking is designed to improve going to a specific part of the video. It works by dragging or swiping while seeking. YouTube displays a row of thumbnails of the video in that case that assists users in going to a specific part of the video. Now You: what is your take on the design changes on YouTube? How to disable YouTube's new Ambient Mode playback feature
  10. As I am also a content creator, I understand how difficult is it to achieve your sole goal of becoming a successful youtuber. But here are some tips by which you can increase viewers traffic on your youtube channel. Step 1: First have some research so you are ensured that video you are making is worth it. You can do this by using: 1- Google trends: I will recommend you that because it can tell you the traffic being gained by each topic. It is also geo specific (meaning that you can know what people in your country are searching for. 2- Answerthepublic: This is one of my favourite source where I get content relevent stuff. Don't forget to give it a try. 3- ahref list of top 100 topics searched on youtube: This is also one of my favourite platform. The list is upgraded regularly. But I usse it when I don't find the stuff I need from other platforms. Step 2: Ofcourse as a small creator, youtube will push your content by seeing the keywords/tags you mention in your description, title and tags section. Following are considered as highly used tags: (I recommend you to use them as far as possible) #gachalife , #gacha , #flamingo ,#roblox , #funny , #comedy , #recommended , #amongus , #fortnite, #meme , #callofduty , #dream , #minecraft , #memes , #trending , #viral , #dontclickonthis , #gaming , #tutorial , #simple , #marshmello , #famous , #retro , #xbox , #playstation , #nintendo , #pc , #release , #music , #dont , #ltt , #instagram , #twitter , #discord , #shitpost , #tiktok , #dance , #charlidamelio , #zoelaverene, #commentary , #pokemon , #skylanders , #asmr , #rap , #audio #youtube #youtuber #instagram #music #love #follow #like #tiktok #spotify #youtubers #video #youtubechannel #explorepage #memes #gaming #instagood #twitch #subscribe #facebook #hiphop #gamer #viral #art #rap #explore #k #ps #likeforlikes #followforfollowback #bruhify, #ImOof, #Trending, #recommend, #BaconShadow, #ContANT, #Buddster, #MrBruhified, #Susbruh, #Voxelness, #LonleySandwich, #coolified, #bruhifytwo, #Outcast, #SamPiez, #SpaceBerries, #FattyBlox, #LastFastboy, #ImProfied, #DontClickMe, #oofify, #THEBLACKNINJA, #Crazedplayz, #FunkyThePooh, #happify, #MrBanana, #lollify, #poggers, #Bruhdity, #MrBear, #SusDaily, #Whatif, #Eggify, #ManBruh, #mrsus, #revified, #OhThatEdit, #dumbify, #CommenterBruh, #SmileyDot, #Sowball, #Isosceles, #Ace_Pop, #Cryptix, #Starex, #ParashockX, #MrEggcellent, #DONT, #MrBeast, #dream, #Minecraft, #Roblox, #amongus, #Pewdiepie Plus point: Just yesterday I came up with an awesome new trick. Follow the steps below and increase your youtube views/subscribers by spreading your content in all countries. step 1: Get a vpn. You can use any vpn but more the servers it provide, the better. I personally use Psiphon vpn service, sometimes Bright vpn and vpn extension. You can use any. step 2: Install vidIQ extension. step 3: Now you need go to youtube. In search bar type the topic you have made the video on. : see my niche step 4: You just have to choose between the first three videos. : see more step 4: Click the chosen video and you will see the tag section used by the specific youtube creator (you have to scroll down for vidIQ). You can see all the tags. Just copy them which have a number written in hashes i.e. "#". see the tag section and hash tags "You can repeat the process for other two videos or If there are no hashes, Just change the vpn* step 5: Paste the copied tags in your DESCRIPTION (Please don't put these tags in tag section. I mean you can but personally I won't recommend it). step 6: Now connect your vpn to any server. see step 7: Reload the youtube page and type in search bar. see how the videos will change due to ip change step 8: Again click on the first three videos and see the tags section. step 9: Note that the tags will be changed. Copy them and paste in your description. step 10: Repeat this process again and again by changing your vpn servers and shock yourself with at leat 1k+ views. *See all the proofs and guides from the imgur links given with the keyword "see". Thanks!!!* Additional help: As a new creator, I will recommend you to get help from tools such as vidIQ and tubebuddy. I will highly recommend you to focus on quality rather than quantity. Marques Brownlee (he has reached 16 million subscribers) can inspire you. In his interview, Marques Brownlee stated that it took him 100 videos to reach 100 subscribers. So be patient and you can achieve your dream of being a youtuber. Enjoy and happy learning !!! Please don't leech the stuff. Thanks for cooperation!!
  11. YouTube Premium provides ad-free access to content across its service but running it on your devices could prove a bit costly as the video-streaming service is increasing the prices of its family plan. The news comes just after the streaming giant ended its controversial experiment with Premium 4K playback. Google says that it updates membership prices occasionally to keep up with market changes. As such, it decided to increase the family plan prices of YouTube Premium from $17.99 to $22.99 per month. The new prices include inflation and local tax changes and will support up to six accounts for a single subscription. The change will be visible on the next billing cycle, starting on or after November 21, 2022. This suggests the hike for family plans is already in effect and updated in some of the regions as listed below: United States: $17.99 - $22.99 United Kingdom: £17.99 - £19.99 Canada: CA$17.99 - CA$22.99 Argentina: ARS 179 - ARS 699 The price of YouTube Premium for individual accounts have increased significantly (over three times the original price) in Argentina (from ARS 119.00 per month to ARS 389.00 per month) and almost double in Turkey (from TRY 16.99 per month to TRY 29.99 per month) Users of the service can verify the change by navigating to Settings > Purchases and Memberships page. If disappointed, users can pause or cancel their subscription from there. Also, dissatisfied subscribers can provide their feedback about updated pricing to YouTube Premium through a feedback form. The company says that feedback will be monitored and opinions heard. Did you get a price hike in your region? Let us know in the comments. Source: 9to5Google. Google quietly increases prices of its YouTube Premium Individual and Family Plans
  12. After several failed revenue experiments, YouTube decides to just charge more. Jericho / Ron Amadeo Not content with doing $28.8 billion in revenue in 2021, YouTube has recently gone on the hunt for more revenue-generating strategies. So far, we've seen canceled experiments like saddling videos with up to 10 unskippable pre-roll ads and charging for 4K content. Now, the Google division has announced a price hike for YouTube Premium family plans. As 9to5Google was the first to spot, the family plan is jumping over 27 percent in the US, from $17.99 to $22.99, with other regions also seeing price hikes. Instead of making an official announcement, Google is quietly emailing existing subscribers. So far, it does not seem like the single-person YouTube Premium price (still $11.99 per month) is going up. The family plan lets a user share ad-free YouTube Premium with up to five same-household family members for a discounted rate. On iOS, all the prices are higher if you sign up through the App Store, which charges a 30 percent fee on every transaction. In Apple land, YouTube Premium's family plan was always $22.99, and now it's jumping up to $29.99 a month. You can avoid the Apple tax by just paying Google directly through the YouTube website. The new pricing will go into effect on or after November 21 for people who were on the $17.99 plan. Google is also giving users with grandfathered-in deals the boot. If you've been subscribed since the days of Google Play Music All Access in 2015, it's been possible to continue paying $14.99 for a YouTube Premium family plan. Google has told users that those deals are ending in April 2023, and everyone will have to pay the $22.99 price, representing a 53 percent increase. The YouTube subreddit is filled with complaints over the surprise change. YouTube posted a feedback form specifically about the change, where the company is no doubt getting a flood of user feedback. Every YouTube support page features a pinned notice about the price right now, along with a message that YouTube is currently "experiencing high contact volumes." The support page on how to cancel your membership is here. YouTube’s latest revenue grab: A 27 percent price increase for family plans
  13. Several days ago, YouTube users discovered a somewhat bewildering change: the service started requiring subscribing to Premium to watch videos in 4K. Naturally, such a radical attempt to make users pay for YouTube sparked a hot discussion in the community, causing massive criticism. Shortly after, Google decided to backtrack and ditch the idea of putting 4K video playback behind the paywall. Team YouTube's official Twitter account has revealed that paid 4K streaming was an experiment, and the company has "fully turned it off." Now all users should be able to watch high-resolution videos on all platforms without subscribing to YouTube Premium. Google did not comment on why it abandoned the idea. It is not hard to believe that overwhelmingly negative customer feedback was among the main deciding factors. Still, Team YouTube asked another frustrated customer to leave feedback about the experiment, so it is possible that YouTube has not fully put the idea to bed. YouTube Premium is a $12/mo service that removes all ads from YouTube and provides access to YouTube Music and YouTube Originals. The subscription is infamous for its continuous and explicitly annoying attempts to convert regular users to paid subscribers every time someone opens the YouTube app. Judging from the community reaction to Google's latest experiment, the company has crossed the line this time. YouTube ends controversial experiment with Premium 4K playback
  14. All YouTube accounts will soon have a unique handle to use across channels and Shorts. It’s a departure for the platform, affecting major creators and casual viewers alike. All YouTube users will soon get a new way of identifying themselves. The company announced today that @name handles will be used across the platform, a convention that’s common elsewhere on the internet but a departure for YouTube. Every YouTube user will have a unique handle that applies across the platform, from channel pages to Shorts, YouTube’s TikTok competitor. Users can use a handle to mention others in comments, video descriptions, titles, and more, which YouTube says will make it easier for creators to reach audiences and increase visibility. “We want to ensure creators can craft an identity as unique as their content, while giving viewers the confidence that they are interacting with their favorite creators,” YouTube says in its blog. Creators will still have a channel name, but handles will be unique, potentially cutting down on impersonator accounts. Handles will appear across YouTube surfaces, including Shorts. Image: YouTube YouTube will be rolling out handles gradually starting this week by notifying users when it’s their turn to pick a handle, meaning some people will get to claim theirs before others. If a user has already created a personalized URL for their channel, that will be their default handle (they’ll have the option to change it once it’s their turn). YouTube says it will roll out notifications based on factors like overall presence on the platform, subscriber count, and whether the channel is active. Claiming a handle could also be the push needed for creators who aren’t on YouTube to join the platform or tend to their account — users typically need 100 or more subscribers to create a custom URL (a notice says choosing, modifying, and deleting URLs is currently on pause). YouTube will notify creators when it’s their turn to claim their handle. Image: YouTube The addition of handles brings YouTube further in line with TikTok just as the company doubles down on its investment into Shorts. Last month, YouTube announced it would bring monetization to Shorts, letting creators keep 45 percent of the ad revenue. It’s also added updates like watermarks to Shorts reposted elsewhere and tools to use longer videos in short-form clips over the last few months as it takes on TikTok. All YouTube users will soon have an account handle — but some will get to pick theirs earlier
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  16. Google's attempts to convert customers into YouTube Premium subscribers is a running joke in the community. The company is trying hard with multiple banners promoting Premium, and the increase of non-skippable ads content creators can use in their videos could also be seen by one as a low-blow attempt to get more subscribers. It appears that Google has figured out yet another way to force you to consider buying Premium. A lengthy thread on Reddit reveals the company's plan to make 4K video streaming exclusive to YouTube Premium. Redditor u/Ihatesmokealarms posted a screenshot from the YouTube app on iPhone showing the 2160p (4K) option marked as "Premium" with a "Tap to upgrade link." Some other users in the thread reported similar findings on their devices. We have checked YouTube apps on our devices (signed in and out) and could not confirm the claim. Yikes... Google is yet to confirm its intentions to make 4K streaming Premium-exclusive. Most likely, the company is experimenting with the change to see the public reaction and decide whether making 4K videos exclusive to YouTube Premium is a good idea or not (spoiler: it is not). We also do not know whether Google wants to put 4K behind a paywall only on smartphones, or if the change targets any device capable of playing YouTube videos. Although some might rightfully argue that nobody uses 4K streaming on their smartphones, making the high-resolution option a paid perk will undoubtedly upset those watching YouTube on TVs and computers. Would you subscribe to YouTube Premium just to keep the ability to play 4K videos? Share your thoughts in the comments. Google might force users to pay for Premium to watch videos in 4K on YouTube
  17. The music industry is doing all it can to get rid of its YouTube ripping problem. The RIAA and BPI, for example, regularly send DMCA anti-circumvention notices to Google, asking the company to remove sites from its search results. In recent months the independent label "Because Music" also joined in the action, overpowering both music industry groups in the process. Three years ago, the RIAA began targeting YouTube ripping sites by sending relatively rare takedown requests to Google. Instead of the usual DMCA copyright notices, the music group asked the search engine to remove various URLs for alleged violations of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision. The sites in question are accused of circumventing YouTube’s rolling cipher, a technical protection measure that attempts to protect audio and video from being copied without permission. As such, the RIAA argues that the sites should be removed from Google’s search results. Shortly after the RIAA started this campaign, its British counterpart BPI began sending similar requests. These groups represent the broader music industry, including many of the major labels, and both have in-house anti-piracy teams that handle these takedowns. Indie Label’s Takedown Spree These industry groups have no shortage of firepower but this year their activities have been largely overshadowed by a newcomer. After sending its first anti-circumvention takedown notice in February, an independent record label from France is setting the pace. The label in question is Because Music and it has just a few dozen signed artists. That didn’t stop the company from sending more than 2,800 takedown requests asking Google to remove over 10,000 links to YouTube ripping sites. “Tool to bypass YouTube security measures allowing users to illegally download our copyrighted content,” the identical notices inform Google, requesting various stream-ripper URLs to be removed. To put this number into perspective, the RIAA sent just over 100 anti-circumvention notices this year, while the BPI is stuck at roughly 180. This means that the indie label submitted roughly ten times as many takedown requests in the same period. 36% of All Circumvention Notices The French label is by far the most prolific sender of DMCA anti-circumvention notices. According to Google’s transparency report, it’s responsible for more than one-third (36%) of all notices submitted to the search engine. Because Music’s DMCA’s anti-circumvention notices are also sent on behalf of another indie label, Yonea and Willy, and all list just one track: “Dans ma ruche” from the rapper Guizmo. With over 3 million views on the YouTube video, it’s clear to see why the label is trying to protect it from unauthorized downloads. Google has removed many thousands of stream-ripper URLs in response to these takedown requests. An exact figure is more difficult to establish as the number of URLs varies per notice, but the efforts are definitely having an impact. At the same time, the YouTube rippers themselves aren’t sitting still either. They are actively countering the takedown notices by continuously using new URL structures. For example, Because Music asked Google to remove mp3y.download/en/youtube-converter-v180 from its search results this week. That takedown worked for a while, but the site swiftly moved to mp3y.download/en/youtube-converter-v181 in response. It’s pretty much a perpetual game of cat and mouse. Indie Record Label Leads Crackdown on YouTube Downloaders
  18. After a copyright blunder led to a major boost for the horror genre, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead became a public domain classic. But in a terrifying new twist, YouTubers are now completely surrounded by a horde of Content ID notices claiming ownership and monetization rights. Screams for help are being ignored as Universal Music-owned Ingrooves gorges on the spoils. One can only imagine the crew’s screams of pain when they discovered that a clerical error had robbed ‘Night of the Living Dead’ of its copyright protections. George A. Romero’s masterpiece opened in 1968 to audiences largely unprepared for its genius. If anything, movie distributor Walter Reade Organization was even more unprepared. The company’s failure to file for a new copyright after the movie ditched its original title ‘Night of the Flesh Eaters’ was the reason that Night of the Living Dead (NOLD) was quickly pushed into the public domain. History has since shown us that due to the subsequent effect on the greater good, no suffering was in vain. NOLD inspired a whole genre of horror that has gained momentum with age. And for advocacy groups like the EFF, the story is tailor-made for showing how the public domain brings freedoms that can benefit society as a whole. The EFF’s Q&A is very easy to understand and accurately reflects public domain theory, but nothing beats a generous dose of reality stomping all over the textbooks. Night of the Copyright Claim Last month a user of Reddit’s /r/copyright revealed that they’d used some footage from NOLD in a short film titled ‘Trick ‘r Creep (Horror Short Film)’. After uploading the film to YouTube, the Google-owned video platform fired back a message, reporting that a portion of the video had been flagged due to the content being owned by a third party. Since this was an automated Content ID claim, no strikes were involved, but how public domain content (specifically the NOLD soundtrack) was able to trigger the system in this way remained unclear. The YouTuber decided to contest the copyright claim, but YouTube quickly rejected it, leaving nowhere to go. The image above shows that YouTube matched the user’s upload with another YouTube video titled ‘Night of the Living Dead, Pt. 1’, which was apparently uploaded by someone called Jack Meakin. The Content ID notice lists the copyright owner as INgrooves, on behalf of Plastic Records, and the video they reportedly own is embedded below for reference. What’s curious here is that Jack Meakin’s YouTube channel has just one subscriber and his NOLD video, which appears to contain 31 minutes of audio from the original movie, has a note underneath stating that the content was directly supplied to YouTube by Ingrooves. There are no content match notices listed on this video, something that cannot be said about fan video Night Of The Chopping Wood, discussion video Night of the Living Dead – Themes and Film Technique, and countless partial or full uploads of NOLD. All appear to have been identified by Content ID as matching the video on the Jack Meakin channel. The video contains audio from the 1968 public domain movie and is used as justification for Jack Meakin/Ingrooves to generate revenue from NOLD content uploaded by other YouTubers. So Who Are These People and What Do They Want? Ingrooves is owned by Universal Music and describes itself as a global music distribution company providing marketing and rights management services for independent labels and artists. Given the information provided in the Content ID notice, it seems possible that Ingrooves may represent Jack Meakin, who in turn might have some kind of arrangement with Plastic Records. While plausible, that fails to explain what connections these people have to public domain movie Night of the Living Dead, if any. After we turned our focus to the mysterious Jack Meakin, a confusing situation somehow managed to get even more so. A Twitter search quickly turned up a DJ/electronic musician of the same name, but when we combined the name with the title of the movie, something even more unexpected entered the mix. Jack Meakin Featuring George Romero According to the Living Dead wiki, the music score of NOLD was not composed especially for the film but came from the libraries of WRS Studio and Capitol Records. Among the composers of that music was a man called Jack Meakin, who was born in 1906 and left for better things in 1982. So was this the missing piece of the puzzle? Is it possible that the late Jake Meakin held some rights to his music in Night of the Living Dead? Were those rights passed to someone else after he passed away? If so, which of the compositions in the movie are his and why are Plastic Records involved, whoever they are? We don’t have access to Content ID and given that YouTube is rejecting and refusing to discuss NOLD disputes, we decided to get a bit more creative. We found the Jack Meakin account on YouTube, hit play on the Night of the Living Dead video, fired up Shazam, and got a surprise instant hit. According to our digital fingerprinting overlords, the piece is called ‘Chapter 1’ by a recording artist called ‘George Romero’. Wonderful…and thanks for nothing. However, given that there are many links between Jack Meakin, George Romero and Night of the Living Dead on platforms other than YouTube, we turned our attention to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and general Google searches. There may be other things at play here but someone may have some explaining to do. What Was That DJ on Twitter Called Again? The Jack Meakin we completely disregarded on Twitter (because he’s a young DJ who didn’t even exist in 1968) is also a techno/trance producer. He has tracks including “He Was Taught” and “Bodyskills” available to stream on Apple, Spotify, and other similar platforms. He sometimes collaborates with Seb James, according to his Twitter account, but never mentions zombies publicly – at least far as we know. Interestingly, DJ Jack Meakin is also credited with several other compositions. These include the whole soundtrack to Night of the Living Dead, which is available on dozens of other music platforms around the world, including Apple Music. Conducting a specific search for Jack Meakin on Spotify not only turns up zombies but what appears to be some kind of musical Frankenstein. Born in 1906, authorized to issue copyright claims on the most famous public domain horror movie of all time (years after his death), yet still spinning trance tracks at 116 years old – it’s the one and only (honestly)….Jack Meakin. Anyone in need of additional proof that this incredible hybrid person really exists can check out the panel provided by Google alongside searches for Jack Meakin. With other sites like Discogs identifying the actual NOLD composer by his full name (Jack Brunker Meakin) and describing him as an American musician, orchestra leader, and film composer from Salt Lake City, someone has led Google to believe that Jack Meakin is an actor in two movies and also a composer in the Dance/Electronic genre. TorrentFreak attempted to reach the only Jack Meakin who could possibly respond in person but despite emails sent to him and his record label, we have discovered no signs of life. Appropriate if nothing else. As a result, we still cannot explain why a company owned by Universal is monetizing Night of the Living Dead on behalf of a man who has been dead for 40 years, under the name of a living man who just happens to share his name. But we could have a wild guess. Is it even plausible that someone in the music business simply ticked the wrong box in error and inadvertently merged two artists’ existences to create a single undead-like entity, one with a hunger so great it can only be satisfied by automatically feasting on public domain works? Or did someone accidentally upload and attribute the NOLD soundtrack to DJ Meakin? We honestly have no idea but one thing seems certain. Someone has commissioned YouTube’s Content ID to target regular YouTubers using a public domain work in good faith, and then sent them messages implying or even stating that they had no right to do so. Then, to remedy this supposed infringement of someone’s rights, they’re now taking all the money. Nice scheme? Looks like a no-brainer. YouTubers Lose Brains Over Night of The Living Dead Copyright Claims
  19. If you are still using YouTube, you may have been hit with an increase in unskippable advertisement recently. Up until now, YouTube viewers saw up to two so-called unskippable ads before the selected video. Now, YouTube is testing an increase to 5, 7, 8 or even 10 ads before the actual video. Unskippable ads are shown before videos. Unlike other advertisement on YouTube, these ads are shorter and can't be skipped. YouTube may display other ad types, including longer ads, which viewers may skip after five seconds of watching. Unskippable ads have a play time of six seconds each. Having to sit through 5, 7 or even 10 of these ads increases the ad viewing time up to 500%. In seconds, the viewing time goes up from 12 seconds to 30, 42 or even 60 seconds, before the selected video starts to play. YouTube revealed on Twitter that the increase would only happen with a specific ad format, called bumper ads. hmm...this may happen with a certain type of ad format called bumper ads, since they're only up to 6 seconds long. if you'd like, you can send feedback directly from YouTube via the send feedback tool Serving more advertisement on YouTube increases revenue on the platform significantly. Google is aware that the majority of users won't just leave the site for another, as content may not be available on alternatives. Unless creators move to another platform in masses, YouTube is more or less free to do as it pleases on the site without having to fear major repercussions. An increase in ads on the site serves another purposes: users who are fed up with advertisement may subscribe to YouTube Premium, a paid subscription, to get rid of them. YouTube Premium is available for $11.99 per month or $119.99 per year in the United States; this is a lot, especially when compared to streaming services such as Disney+, Netflix (Basic) or Amazon Prime Video, which are all available for less. What YouTube viewers can do about it On desktop, installing a content blocker such as uBlock Origin, may help get rid of the majority of advertisement on the platform. Some browsers, such as Brave, include content blockers, which may also deal with the majority of ads on the platform. On mobile, browsers that include content blocking functionality, like Brave or Microsoft Edge, may do the job. Dedicated clients for YouTube like NewPipe or Revanced are another option. Here is another tip: don't use Chrome. There are plenty of ways to support content creators on YouTube and elsewhere. Some tools come with options to turn off content blocking for specific channels, but there are other ways, such as donating. Now You: do you spend time on YouTube? Do you endure ads or use tools to skip them? YouTube is testing up to 10 unskippable ads before videos
  20. Yeah, it’s yet another paid subscription. But this one might actually be worth it. There are all kinds of digital subscriptions you can sign up for nowadays—for cloud storage and fitness plans and music streaming and audiobooks—and you simply cannot sign up for every single one. Even if you had the money, you wouldn't have the time to get your money's worth. This brings us to YouTube Premium, the paid plan for the video-sharing site that you and billions of other people happily use for free. So why would you pay $12 a month for it? We're going to outline the perks here, so you can decide whether it's worth the price. No Ads Sitting through YouTube ads isn't the worst experience you're ever going to have—most of them can be skipped after a few seconds anyway—but you might be surprised at just how much better the YouTube experience is without the interruptions and hassles. You can try YouTube Premium for free—which we encourage you to do—and that will give you an idea of the difference. It actually saves a significant amount of time, especially if you're a frequent YouTube user and spend a lot of time on the site or in the app. Also, if you're using YouTube for music for a party, you won't have your tunes interrupted every few minutes by an advert. It also helps when you're presenting clips to other people—at work or in a classroom, for example. You can download videos to your device with YouTube Premium. YouTube via David Nield Built-In Video Downloads YouTube Premium subscribers can also save videos for offline playback. This works in the YouTube apps for Android and iOS, as well as in desktop web browsers, so that you can take your videos anywhere. No longer do you have to put up with a dodgy internet connection or a lack of Wi-Fi ruining your video streaming. Whether you're heading to a park or hopping on a plane, you're able to queue up a selection of clips for your viewing entertainment. In the mobile apps, there's also a feature called Smart Downloads. This automatically downloads clips that YouTube thinks you will like (based on your recommendations), so you've always got something to watch, whether you're online or off. YouTube Music YouTube Music, which ordinarily would set you back $10 a year, is included with YouTube Premium—so you're getting a full music streaming service in the style of Spotify or Apple Music as one of your perks. While YouTube Music might not be quite as feature-rich or as comprehensive as some of its rivals, it has everything that most people need. You can run it through a web browser or through the dedicated mobile apps, and there's the option to sync tracks to your devices for offline listening. What's more, YouTube integrates very well with YouTube Music. For example, if you find a rare live recording on YouTube, you can add it to a playlist on YouTube Music and include it as part of your library. New Features First YouTube often tests new features for its video-sharing website and apps, and YouTube Premium subscribers are first in line to try them if interested. These experimental features don't always make it into the product, but they can still be a lot of fun. In recent times we've seen a picture-in-picture mode and a pinch-to-zoom capability appear as test options. The features are pretty easy to find on the YouTube website and within the apps for Android and iOS, and you'll usually get a notification when they're made available, so you can decide whether or not you want to give them a go. Experimental features can be made available on a limited basis. YouTube via David Nield Background Listening Another advantage of YouTube Premium is that it enables a rather cool feature when you're using YouTube on your smartphone: background listening. Switch away to another app and the audio for your video clip carries on playing. Imagine if you're listening to a talk and you want to check your social media, or you're playing music through YouTube and you need to visit a website in your mobile browser. With YouTube Premium, your listening doesn't have to stop because you want to do something else on your device. This won't be something you always use—you don't want every YouTube video playing in the background on your phone—but the feature is easy enough to toggle on and off in the app settings. YouTube Premium Has Its Perks. Here Are Some to Consider (May require free registration to view)
  21. Google has removed several popular YouTube rippers from its UK search results. The company took this action following a notice from local music group BPI, which pointed out that local ISPs are required to block the sites due to a High Court order. In response, Google voluntarily took the same action. Last year, the UK music industry claimed a major victory in its fight against online piracy. Following a two-year process initiated by the British Recorded Music Industry Ltd (BPI) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the High Court ordered major ISPs to block access to several YouTube rippers. The order aims to make these sites, including Flvto and 2Conv, harder to reach. Many workarounds exist but rightsholders have been particularly frustrated by search engines such as Google including the domains in their results. Following the blocking order, the BPI asked Google to remove thousands of YouTube ripper links, but this is a game of whack-a-mole; targeted sites actively fight delistings by switching to new URLs. Google Removes YouTube Rippers A few days ago, BPI and PPL broke this impasse. The groups sent a copy of the UK High Court order to Google, requesting removal of the listed domains. While Google isn’t legally obliged to comply, it did so voluntarily, albeit only in the UK. This is not the first time that the search engine has taken action based on a court order targeting a third party. Google has done the same in several other countries, including Australia, Denmark, France and the Netherlands. The BPI previously requested similar removals in the UK. These included a wide variety of sites including The Pirate Bay, but the YouTube rippers were not mentioned until last week. Deindexing from search results will make these YouTube rippers harder to find, but the game of whack-a-mole game is far from over as hundreds of other stream-rippers remain readily accessible. Legal Uses? Finally, its worth noting that while the music industry sees YouTube rippers as piracy tools, others see them as neutral services. The Electonic Frontier Foundation (EFF), for example, wrote an amicus curiae brief in support of Flvto and 2Conv when they were sued for copyright infringement in the United States. “Like a web browser, photocopy machine, or video recorder, the converters at issue in this case are neutral technologies, equally capable of lawful and infringing uses. And lawful uses abound, from saving a copy of a family member’s home video to downloading clips from a TV show as raw material for a critical commentary,” EFF wrote. These comments didn’t help the YouTube rippers in question, as they eventually lost their legal battle against the RIAA earlier this year. The New Normal Google’s voluntary domain removals are noteworthy because the company openly warned against such measures in the past. In 2015, it told the U.S. Government that whole-site removals would chill free speech and be counterproductive. “Whole site removal would simply drive piracy to new domains, legitimate sites, and social networks,” the company said at the time. The search engine’s position has clearly shifted since its earlier criticism, at least when there’s a third-party court order involved. In a recent presentation to Japanese rightsholders, Google confirmed that it will ‘generally’ remove domains based on third-party injunctions. Google Removes YouTube Rippers from UK Search Results
  22. YouTube says it will seek summary judgment to shut down a lawsuit headed by musician Maria Schneider which alleges mass copyright infringement. YouTube's motion reveals that Schneider's publisher granted YouTube a blanket license covering the musician's entire back catalog, but that's just the beginning. A class action lawsuit filed by Maria Schneider against YouTube more than two years ago has support from artists who believe big tech should do better. While that opinion is widespread in the music industry, no musical artists of any description joined Schneider in the class action, despite the plaintiffs oozing confidence in their allegations. Mass copyright infringement, failure to suspend repeat infringers, and breaches of the DMCA are all featured in a case that seems to have one key goal – Content ID access for all artists no matter how popular, so they can defend their work from pirates on YouTube. YouTube hasn’t given an inch and believes all of the claims in the class action are without merit. At least one of the members of the putative class acted fraudulently, YouTube claims, and it can easily dismiss every other allegation. On Friday, YouTube informed the court that it will move for summary judgment in October. If the claims in its motion are deemed credible, a YouTube win is almost inevitable. It’s Not Infringement if You Have Permission According to YouTube, Maria Schneider’s allegations of mass copyright infringement plus violations of the DMCA due to YouTube’s removal of Copyright Management Information (CMI) simply cannot succeed. In 2008, Schneider reportedly gave her publisher, Modern Works Music Publishing (MWP), the exclusive right to license her compositions. In turn, MWP granted YouTube/Google a blanket license to use all MWP-controlled works, which included Schneider’s entire back catalog. Furthermore, YouTube says it holds separate licenses to Schneider’s works, relating to any content uploaded by the musician or her agents to YouTube. Schneider claims the MWP license is invalid, YouTube says, since her publisher didn’t get permission from her to license anything to YouTube. “Even assuming that were true, it makes no difference because Schneider’s consent was not a condition precedent to MWP’s right to license her works. The license is valid and dispositive. And as to the other license, Schneider has said nothing at all,” YouTube’s motion reads. Part of Schneider’s claims relate to YouTube’s removal of CMI from uploaded tracks but YouTube says the musician refuses to identify the tracks where this supposedly happened. Nevertheless, YouTube says Schneider’s claim still fails because the blanket rights license obtained from her publisher granted the company permission to reformat videos containing her works. Schneider can’t prove intent either (17 U.S.C. § 1202(b)), YouTube says. Schneider Didn’t Move Quickly Enough Do people ever read the Terms of Service on sites like YouTube? Sometimes perhaps, but if anyone is considering legal action, giving them the once over first can reveal some interesting restrictions. “When Schneider created her YouTube account and uploaded videos to YouTube, she agreed to YouTube’s TOS, including its provision that any claim relating to YouTube’s services be brought within one year of accrual,” YouTube says. “Beyond that, the governing statute of limitations requires her claims be brought within three years of accrual (17 U.S.C. § 507(b)) — that is, when a plaintiff has actual or constructive knowledge of the claims. “Schneider admits to having actual knowledge of dozens of her infringement claims years before she sued, and discovery shows she had constructive knowledge of even more. She also had actual knowledge of YouTube’s supposed § 1202 violations [CMI] more than three years before she sued.” Supporting Evidence According to YouTube, Schneider agreed to its Terms of Service (TOS) on several occasions, including when she created the ‘Maria Schneider Official Page” in 2012. When users agree to the TOS, they give YouTube “extensive rights” to any content they upload, including a license for YouTube and YouTube users to use the content across the YouTube service. Any claims relating to the service must be brought within a year. Schneider’s copyright infringement claims against YouTube relate to 78 works. 76 of those works are musical compositions but according to YouTube, Schneider’s copyrights only cover the musical compositions (i.e sheet music), not sound recordings. In respect of the two remaining works where she does own rights to the sound recordings, no infringement allegations are within the statute of limitations period. One of Schneider’s central claims, that she was denied access to Content ID, is incorrect according to YouTube. MWP, which granted YouTube a blanket license covering her back catalog, used Content ID on Schneider’s behalf. When ‘infringing’ content was monetized, Schneider received payments from MWP. “Schneider’s infringement claims fail on multiple grounds. The Works-in-Suit were licensed through MWP and the Terms of Service,” YouTube notes in summary. “Schneider’s CMI claim fails because she cannot make out a prima facie case and because any removal of CMI by YouTube was authorized. And both her CMI claim and many of her infringement claims are also time-barred. Together, these overlapping grounds dispose of all of Schneider’s claims against YouTube.” YouTube’s motion for summary judgment against Schneider can be found here (pdf) YouTube Holds Licenses For Copyright Lawsuit Plaintiff’s “Entire Back Catalog”
  23. A lawsuit accusing YouTube of operating a two-tier copyright enforcement system is seen by some as a beacon of hope for smaller artists. YouTube's failure to have the case dismissed was recently publicized in entertainment media, but few outlets addressed the allegations of fraud that have dogged the case from the start. Google's latest filing offers a comprehensive reminder. Given the very nature of the platform, right from the start YouTube’s future was never destined for plain sailing across a sea of tranquility, underpinned by promises of equality for all. YouTube’s many achievements are hard to deny. It has provided the tools for ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things, but not all creators and artists are treated equally. Nowhere is this disparity more bitterly decried than in a 2020 class action lawsuit headed up by Grammy award-winning musician Maria Schneider. Equality For All Artists, Big and Small Even after more than two years of legal action, predicting a ‘winner’ seems premature but making a case for who should win only feels like announcing defeat for both sides. Alongside calls for YouTube to offer the same anti-piracy toolkit to all artists, not just powerful ones, YouTube said that unfettered access would only lead to abuse of its Content ID system. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the very people demanding a better deal for artists were being accused of serious foul play themselves. YouTube alleges that Pirate Monitor, a named party in the class action, conducted a fraudulent campaign in order to fabricate wrongdoing and then used that as a basis for its complaints against YouTube. According to YouTube, entities connected to Pirate Monitor uploaded content themselves and blamed YouTube for not doing enough to prevent piracy, to get access to Content ID. If the allegations are proven, YouTube’s denial of access to advanced anti-piracy tools on the basis of abuse will be instantly vindicated. That should be a major concern to all artists hoping for equal content protection rights, better returns from their work, and an improvement in YouTube’s stance towards smaller creators. Despite being the key focus of YouTube’s counterclaim, these allegations of fraud are mostly omitted from entertainment media reports. The same cannot be said of YouTube’s recent failure to have the entire legal action dismissed. YouTube’s Motion to Dismiss Failed The case presented in the class action is not only about access to Content ID, although access to the content recognition system may be its ultimate goal. YouTube’s motion to dismiss the amended complaint failed on a number of fronts including those related to copyright infringement claims, correct registration and ownership of copyrighted works, and allegations that YouTube removed Copyright Management Information (CMI) from content uploaded to its platform. While all of the allegations are potentially serious if proven, the court noted that the plausible inference from the CMI allegations is that YouTube removed management information from the plaintiffs’ works with the knowledge that carried a “substantial risk” of inducing infringement. Removing CMI without permission from the copyright holder is a violation of the DMCA (17 U.S. Code § 1202). It’s also worth noting that when CMI is absent from a work hosted on YouTube, external anti-piracy tools tend not to have the capabilities of Content ID when it comes to identifying infringement. Describing YouTube’s multiple arguments as “unavailing”, the court recently denied the video platform’s motion to dismiss. As a result, YouTube has just responded to the plaintiffs’ amended complaint, with renewed allegations of fraud back on the menu. YouTube and Google’s Answer and Counterclaims In a Monday filing at a California district court, the companies begin in a now familiar fashion. Not only does YouTube meet its legal obligations, it exceeds them too. Using “best-in-class” processes for removing allegedly infringing materials under the DMCA, its investments include more than $100m on copyright management tools such as Content ID. Content ID is powerful, YouTube continues. It can automatically remove content from YouTube or block it from ever appearing. Placed in the wrong hands, Content ID could censor legitimate content, enable users to claim ownership of content that isn’t theirs, or even allow users to take revenue that rightly belongs to others. Given the potential for misuse, YouTube restricts access to Content ID. “Plaintiffs complain that they have not been allowed access to Content ID. But Dismissed Plaintiff Pirate Monitor has clearly demonstrated why it cannot be trusted to use that tool properly,” YouTube’s answer reads. “As set forth In YouTube’s Counterclaims, Pirate Monitor engaged in widespread abuse of the DMCA’s notice-and-takedown process, going so far as to upload hundreds of videos to YouTube under false pretenses only then to claim, through false DMCA notices, that those same videos were infringing. “This was apparently a ruse to obtain access to Content ID, and when it failed Pirate Monitor responded with this lawsuit.” What a proven allegation of fraud would mean for the rest of the lawsuit is unknown but boosting the perception of a moral high ground for artists seems an unlikely outcome. Equally, YouTube would have one less reason to make concessions on barriers to entry, even if it felt that way inclined. That being said, YouTube says that access to Content ID is already enjoyed by the plaintiffs. Claims by Maria Schneider and plaintiff Uniglobe Entertainment that they have no access to Content ID are wrong, YouTube says. According to the Google-owned platform, agents acting for both used Content ID to generate revenue from their copyrighted works. As far as they claim entitlement to use Content ID, those claims are “badly misguided”. YouTube denies the allegation “that Defendants and their business model and systems” routinely ignore Copyright Management Information, adding that a paragraph in the amended complaint does not accurately characterize Section 1202 of the DMCA. YouTube denies allegations of direct copyright infringement, inducement of copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, and vicarious copyright infringement. The company concludes with affirmative and other defenses, including failure to state a claim, safe harbor under the DMCA, fair use, contact provisions, estoppel, unclean hands, failure to mitigate, statute of limitations, plus substantial non-infringing use and de minimis use. YouTube further objects to the lawsuit proceeding as a class action, citing Pirate Monitor as an obstructive example. “Pirate Monitor would be subject to the defenses of unclean hands and copyright misuse based upon its fraudulent attempt to use copyrights — including those it did not even own — to leverage access to YouTube’s proprietary systems,” YouTube says. “While Pirate Monitor has since dismissed its claims with prejudice and is now subject to counterclaims in this action, any other putative plaintiff could be subject to individualized defenses like these that would require considerable Plaintiff-specific discovery and litigation.” YouTube’s answer and counterclaim, which includes extensive detail relating to Pirate Monitor, can be found here (pdf). The earlier motion to dismiss can be found here (pdf) YouTube Fires Back in Content ID Lawsuit Haunted By Fraud Allegations
  24. Why make your own stuff when you can sell everyone else’s? YouTube is building a system that would allow users to subscribe to streaming services through the YouTube app, The Wall Street Journal reported, and could launch the so-called “channel store” as early as this fall. The Journal’s report didn’t say which services might be part of the store, only that YouTube has been talking with various entertainment companies. A channel store makes perfect sense for YouTube, and it’s been a long time in the works: The Information reported on a similar plan way back in early 2020. More recently, the company has been signaling this is coming: “I think whether content is distributed in a bundle, or where over time we explore other ways of distributing it, I think YouTube can be a great partner there,” YouTube VP of product management Christian Oestlien recently told The Verge. “We’ve never looked at the world as these binary choices between us and partner services... we think all of us can coexist in a really healthy way.” This is now maybe the single most popular idea in the streaming business. Tech companies, particularly those who have tried to make their own original content and seen how hard (and expensive!) it is to do so, are deciding they’re better off handling everything but the shows and movies. You already have an account with Verizon or AT&T, for instance, and a bill you pay them every month, so your carrier can pitch itself as a valuable marketing partner and infrastructure provider for subscriptions. It’s a lot like the old cable bundle, just... internet-ified. And the upside is the same for app store providers and game stores: a small cut of everything you buy. Apple, Amazon, and a number of others all make this case, and often to great effect. HBO Max got 4.5 million subscribers through Amazon Channels, the Journal reported, and briefly bailed on that partnership but is now reportedly planning to come back. Even Walmart is reportedly thinking about getting in the game. YouTube may have the strongest case of any channel store partner, though. It has an enormous audience, upwards of two billion people a month, many of whom already have an account and a credit card saved to YouTube. They already have the app downloaded, they might even already be watching Peacock or HBO shows one clip at a time — it’s an easy upsell to get them subscribed to the service. (YouTube also has the best video player and app on the market, which doesn’t hurt its case to users.) You can already subscribe to some streaming services on YouTube TV, but not yet in the main app. Image: YouTube TV YouTube even has some of this platform already built out. YouTube TV is to some extent already a channel store; you can subscribe to HBO Max, Starz, Showtime and other channels and services right from within the YouTube TV interface. You can buy and rent movies directly on YouTube, too, and watch some things for free. More recently, code in the Google TV app suggests that 50 free TV channels are coming to the platform. To some extent, this also feels like a final admission that YouTube can’t compete head-on with the Netflixes and HBOs of the world. The company has long looked for ways to make and offer more premium content, including a handful of ill-fated attempts at making TV-style original content. (RIP, YouTube Originals.) YouTube is already the go-to place for clips and highlights of TV shows and movies, but hasn’t found great ways to integrate premium Hollywood content onto the platform. To make this work, YouTube will have to convince streaming services that it’s not a long-term threat to their business; YouTube’s relationship with Hollywood has improved over the years, but many entertainment companies still view it as both a partner and a necessary evil. Even though Apple and Amazon have competitive services, they don’t represent the existential, paradigm-shifting threat to the TV and movie industry that YouTube does. How the Peacocks and Paramount Pluses of the world will weigh the value of YouTube’s massive audience versus the competitive pull of its content will go a long way toward deciding whether YouTube can be the channel store it hopes to be. Everybody’s going to want to be the channel store going forward — it’s the app store model all over again, and there’s a lot of money at stake. But if YouTube can pull it off, it might be even more than that. A YouTube app with all your streaming shows and movies, everything to buy and rent, plus all the creators you love and the search engine that underpins it all? That would be the most powerful app in entertainment, and it wouldn’t even be close. Channel stores are officially the hottest new thing in streaming
  25. YouTube is one of the most popular video streaming sites on today's Internet. What many desktop users do not know is that it supports keyboard shortcuts that may help save time on the site or speed up certain actions. Want some examples? Hit the Spacebar to play or pause the current video, j to seek backwards 10 seconds in the player, or m to toggle mute. These keyboard shortcuts have been around for a long time, but they are only supported by YouTube's desktop client. Keyboard shortcuts on YouTube Google notes on the official support site that using keyboard shortcuts on YouTube depends on whether the "new computer experience" is used. If it is, it is required that users click on the video player to start using shortcuts. In the old YouTube, keyboard shortcuts worked right away without requiring that user action. There are plenty of shortcuts available on YouTube, but some appear to be more useful than others. You may use the keyboard shortcut Shift-?, or select Menu > Keyboard Shortcuts, to display some of them. Some? Yes, because the menu does not list them all. Space is not listed for instance to toggle pause/playback. Here is our top list of useful keyboard shortcuts that you may use on YouTube on the desktop: Space or p -- toggle play/pause j -- rewind 10 seconds. l -- fast forward 10 seconds. m -- toggle mute. f -- toggle fullscreen mode. c -- toggle captions. / -- activate the search box. Shift-P -- play the previous video. Shift-N -- play the next video (either the next in a playlist or the next recommended video). 0..9 -- jump to specific points in the video in 10% steps. Pressing 5 will jump to the middle of the video (50%). Does not work on the Numpad. < -- decrease the playback rate. > -- increase the playback rate. , -- jump to the previous frame (while paused). . -- jump to the next frame (while paused). As you can see, YouTube supports several keyboard shortcuts to get things done faster while on the site. My personal favorites are m for a quick mute, Space for a quick pause, and j/l to quickly rewind or fast forward videos. Now You: do you use keyboard shortcuts on YouTube or other sites? If so, which are your favorites? YouTube keyboard shortcuts help you save time on the site
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