It all began with this. On April 3rd of 2017 I received my first Content ID in recent memory. Little did I know that unlike the various individual companies before it, the perpetrator claiming my *own music* wasn't going to stop with just one, two, or even three videos. They have claimed five separate instances of my various songs, and as you can see, a song from my own soundtrack. I have tried everything these past few weeks, from emailing them, to searching for a social media site to confront them at, to just plain patience.
They've only released one claim and they seem perfectly keen on continuing to harass my channel. I will not be surprised at this point if the charade continues for weeks to come. And the worst part is, when I furiously and desperately contacted YT, they pretty much abandoned me. So much for being a YouTube Partner.
This isn't the first case in which I have been bombarded by the belligerent nature of the Content ID system. In fact, I can name a few of the other companies that have ceaselessly drove me to madness over this insufferable behavior, such as TuneCore, who have in previous times constantly bothered me with the claims. I hope you're happy Believe Music, because you've provided me ample reason to hate any and all music distribution companies now. You and your fellows at these companies who harass me will never have my business.
And you, YouTube. I'm not going to ignore this either. I understand you are afraid of lawsuits, but this is pathetic. You're more than willing to allow anyone to flag each other's content with Content ID but actually making direct protective measures like, I don't know, registering the music to the website and having all registered music be blocked from being Content ID'd so long as full proof of ownership of the track is presented is too difficult? Make companies who have a legitimate issue with that system go through OUR struggle for once instead of giving them a free pass to screw anyone and everyone that they please. At least something that doesn't leave me victimized by trolls who want to make a quick buck off of my stress and suffering.
If this story sounds familiar to any of you musicians on YouTube, I encourage you to join Vid.me, a website that actually cares about their content creators, and actually gives them exposure by not making everyone compete for the ads. You can also be directly funded by your supporters and fans as well. I've seen a few talented folks already on there, so you have nothing to lose.
I don't know what to do at this point, but abandoning my 7 year old channel is quickly becoming a better alternative than suffering through this nightmare. I may end up embracing Vid.me completely and disregarding the company who continues to stomp the weak YT channels into the filth and scum of the bottom of the barrel.
I'm sorry for my negative rant, but it needed to be said. I've suffered this issue the entire time I've been part of YT and it sickens me it hasn't changed at all.
I play video games, write, make art, create music, design video games, and have a deep love of fantasy.
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