Friday, October 4, 2013

YouTube tells me to go email myself - 4 October 2013

I've been asking YouTube for four weeks now to identify the exact legal entities claiming that my videos infringe their copyright.  I'm not asking YouTube to resolve the dispute, I just want to know who the claimants actually are so that I can contact them directly.

YouTube's latest email to me (posted below) suggests that I can contact the claimant directly at my own email address.  This is becoming farcical.

Thank you for your message.

The claimant has reviewed your dispute and reaffirmed its claim to your video. Specifics of the policy applied to your video are in the Copyright Notices section of your YouTube account.

You may click the underlined link to the right of the video's Edit menu to learn more about this claim.
If you are certain this claim was made in error, you may be able to appeal the claimant’s decision. Eligible users will see an “I want to appeal a disputed claim” link. Please note that an appeal may result in a copyright strike and the removal of your video.

Alternately, you may resolve this issue directly with the claimant at [MY EMAIL ADDRESS]

Please note that YouTube does not mediate copyright disputes.


The YouTube Copyright Team


  1. unbelievable... what a load of nonsense. I have same problem with one of clips posted on my channel.

  2. You're right - something's awfully fishy about this process. I just received a copyright strike against my account today from SME (aka Sony Music Entertainment) for an edited-audio version of "Don't Dream It's Over" covered by Miley Cyrus & Ariana Grande. The claimant's email address is given as but the person's name is listed as Gary Haber. Here's the shady part: a quick search online reveals that Gary Haber (a long-time music industry accountant & business manager) actually died over a year ago! (in April 2014) Is he sending out YouTube copyright strikes from the grave? :\