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YouTube already allows you to edit published videos to cut specific fragments that violate copyright

27 mayo, 2021

It’s hard being a content creator on YouTube and finding yourself, after a copyright claim, with many hours of documenting, recording and editing a video end in demonetization (or withdrawal) of the same, even if said claim affected only a small fragment of the total work.

And it is that YouTube has been betting on an explosive combination: warranty regarding copyright (the alleged owner of the copyrighted material usually has the last word in case the youtuber chooses to dispute the claim) and incentives for filing spurious claims (Given that, if it was found that there was a violation of copyright, all the money generated by the advertising of the video was diverted from the youtuber to the complainant).

A difficult balance for YouTube

That is why it was almost a clamor among them the request that YouTube enable some way that would allow eliminating only the affected part while safeguarding the rest, thus maintaining the entire video online and retaining its monetization. And that is what YouTube has granted its users these days.

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Thus, as part of the latest YouTube Studio update, an option has been enabled that allows content generators to cut out, in a simple way, only the part of the work on which a copyright claim weighs. To do this, the tool automatically selects and highlights that snippet and provides a button to delete it:


Once that step is completed, the video is free of copyright claims. Of course, it is not the ideal solution, as it forces to generate a sudden gap in the video, but YouTube already warns that it is working on offering a more flexible tool that allows you to manually edit which parts are cut and which are not, to avoid losing relevant information.

It will never rain to everyone’s liking, but YouTube should be recognized for its attempt to find a balanceor in the multiple interests involved in the generation of content for its platform.

In addition, YouTube advises that this is only a first look at what is to come throughout 2020, since has several more measures in place in order to help its users deal with copyright claims of the big companies.

Via | SocialMedia Today

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