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To Avoid Demonetization, YouTube and Twitch Streamers Sing Badly Over Copyrighted Songs

To avoid copyright claims, “YouTube creators and Twitch streamers have been performing terrible a capella covers of popular songs,” reports the Verge:
React videos are a huge part of YouTube’s current culture; people lift popular movie trailers and film their reactions to what’s happening on-screen. These videos are typically monetized… In recent months, YouTube creators have run into copyright issues while making TikTok reaction videos, where they collect cringey TikTok clips and either react or provide commentary on them. [T]hose TikTok videos contain music from artists signed to labels like Sony and Warner, and those labels will issue copyright claims, preventing creators from monetizing their videos… TikTok videos include less than 10 seconds of music, yet that can still be enough to receive a copyright claim — on TikTok itself, the music is all licensed from the labels…
To work around that, creators like Danny Gonzalez and Kurtis Conner have started replacing the music with their own singing. Gonzalez and Conner half-heartedly sing songs like Linkin Park’s “In The End” and Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” while the corresponding TikTok video plays on screen… It’s a little painful to hear, but ultimately a very fun loophole in the copyright system that YouTube has to enforce… The hope is that major labels like Sony Music or Warner Music Group can’t claim copyright infringement, or at least that the singing won’t trigger YouTube’s automated system for finding copyrighted content.


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