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Former music producer and now YouTuber and educator Rick Beato has previously spoken out about the mess that is the copyright claim process on YouTube. He’s spoken out once again in one of his most passionate statements.
He has previous made use of his celebrity to remove copyright claims, yet this time he attempted to go through the legitimate appeal process. It didn’t work.
This failure once again shows that the YouTube copyright claim process is desperately in need of an overhaul. YouTubers with valid and legitimate fair use of content are unjustly being punished.
Musician and producer, Rick Beato has produced YouTube videos on analysing popular music for several years now collecting 1.7m subscribers along the way.
He has come into conflict with copyright holders in the past with claims that he is in breach of fair use of the music that he discusses.
He regularly has videos demonetised or taken down from YouTube much to his – and others – annoyance.
This came to a head when he testified in front of a senate committee investigating the issue.
Beato does an excellent job of not only analysing music, but also in keeping this music alive and not just forgotten in the bargain basement of a now closed music retailer. Hopefully his testimony will lead to changes in copyright laws to enable the continuation and recognition of his work, as well as the promotion of the music that deserves to be heard.