YouTube reveals millions of videos get hit with incorrect copyright claims

YouTube reveals millions of videos get hit with incorrect copyright claims


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Over 2.2 million YouTube videos were hit with copyright claims that were later overturned between January and June of this year, according to a new report published by the company today. The Copyright Transparency Report is the first of its kind published by YouTube, which says it will update biannually going forward.

The 2.2 million incorrect claims represent less than 1 percent of the more than 729 million total copyright claims issued in the first half of this year, 99 percent of which originated from Content ID, YouTube’s automated enforcement tool. When users disputed these takedowns, the case was resolved in favor of the uploader of the video 60 percent of the time, according to the report.

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