YouTube's Copyright System Isn't Broken. The World's Is.

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  • Yep, 42 minutes of video. This was a big project. Plus: I've got an all-new five-part original series called Money over on Nebula, which you can watch as a bundle with CuriosityStream!

    Tom ScottTom Scott16 dögum síðan
    • @CyberCake Playz Video was private for one week

      BB11 klukkustundum síðan
    • *searches thepiratebay for Money (2020)*

      Julian BarberJulian Barber21 klukkustund síðan
    • Jay Foreman!

      LaurenzeRiceLaurenzeRiceDegi Síðan síðan
    • what 42 minutes?

      Shadow PlayerShadow PlayerDegi Síðan síðan
    • Tom, are you in " season 3, episode 04 of "Only Connect"?

      TytaniaTytaniaDegi Síðan síðan
  • Super informative, thanks Tom

    David CooperDavid Cooper4 mínútum síðan

    Adam AtchAdam Atch26 mínútum síðan
  • oh my god seeing legal eagle's devon in this made the entire video

    Chrissia VictorsChrissia Victors34 mínútum síðan
  • Is it ok to use photos and videos of buildings and clothes without a licence? I mean - they are intellectual property of architects and fashion designers. Ok, I'm exaggerating... am I?

    camelCasedcamelCased41 mínútu síðan
  • Wouldn't James Bond the name be protected by a trademark not copyright? So anyone can resell the oldest James Bond films in the proposed 50 year limit, but not be able to make further works using the name as that's a trademark? Or am I getting in wrong?

    Jay CoJay CoKlukkustund síðan
  • Ain't sampling fair use tho?

    KrythuluKrythuluKlukkustund síðan
  • wait, you literally have rohin francis on your show on Nebula.

    blu 006blu 006Klukkustund síðan
  • I make Shadow Fight gameplay content, and in my recent videos, I always get copyrighted by the "AdRev" company for the game sound track 😣😕 like do I have to mute the game everytime I play and post it to ISproject? That make me lose motivation to continue making videos

    Blue ShadowBlue Shadow2 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1574">26:14</a> is analysis really not review? It is a great loss if the only analysis of works allowed is criticism. Academic writing only works because authors can cite eachothher and build on others ideas (as opposed to just tearing them down). Art must be horribly stunted when there's no option to build up, only tear down.

    13meli55a13meli55a2 klukkustundum síðan
  • We're told we can take photos like that for educational purposes while we're in school, and then once we start doing projects outside of school, we continue doing the same. I've been told it's fair use to use a copyrighted image for personal and educational use, and I think a lot of people consider most of the things they do on the internet personal use.

    13meli55a13meli55a2 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1699">28:19</a> -- Did this guy just tease Pachelbel's Canon after criticizing teasing Pachelbel's Canon at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="304">5:04</a>? That takes Pachelballs.

    Logan SchellyLogan Schelly3 klukkustundum síðan
  • This video made me question why criticism and commentary is so easily fair use.

    AOKAOK3 klukkustundum síðan
  • I absolutely love the Hawaiian shirt.

    AA3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Why are laws always 50 years behind the times. New laws being made but old laws seldom reviewed and if so just to increase the fine. Maybe there needs to be a set number of laws so old out of date laws are taken off the books. Carrying a ice cream cone in your back pocket this law is out of date but still on the books why?

    Steve MurraySteve Murray3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Tom just called the entire meme community the Internet's nerdy underbelly. I'll take it.

    MarcusMarcus3 klukkustundum síðan
  • I may just be missing a greater message here but WHAT DID YOU SAY ABOUT NEW ZEALAND!?

    EvilkinevilsEvilkinevils3 klukkustundum síðan
  • Surprisingly, I've seen no big yt channels commenting on this

    John WarrenJohn Warren4 klukkustundum síðan
  • One thing to consider is that record labels (etc) live in their own deluded world. They make totally arbitrary loss figures based on really strange and weird logic, and just plain incorrect data. One thing I find amusing is how some game titles have had their DRM systems removed because they were so restrictive they were INDUCING pirated copies.

    J JJ J4 klukkustundum síðan
  • Imagine if this video got copyrighted

    Tinae CrescentTinae Crescent4 klukkustundum síðan
  • Great work, Tom and everyone on the production team. You always do poignant and engaging work. Hope to see you making more content for platforms like curiosity stream.

    ShadowonshadowsShadowonshadows5 klukkustundum síðan
  • Tom, I can totally relate to that gif but it's video nonsense.

    DustyKatDustyKat5 klukkustundum síðan
  • Cool video, have you thought about showcasing China's unique content sharing with your perspective?

    The BigLammoThe BigLammo5 klukkustundum síðan
  • This is remarkably good. You explain this better than I ever do. My only disagreement with you is that 50 years is probably too long, and whether that's true depends no on our gut, but rather on an in-depth economic analysis that no government seems to want to complete. Even if 50 years is the magic number, I would still insist (in the world according to Rob) that it be 25 years, then extendable for another 25 years *only if* the author (not the owner!) is still alive at the time it becomes eligible for renewal.

    Robert BodineRobert Bodine5 klukkustundum síðan
  • tom said eat the rich

    billyjoe parkerbillyjoe parker6 klukkustundum síðan
  • What Tom is saying, without saying directly, is that the content ID system keeps ISproject rich. Nothing more, nothing less. It is a way for them to always get their slice of the advertising revenue no matter if the uploader or the copyright holder gets the revenue. It is not about who owns what, its about the slice of the pie. I also wonder, thinking out loud, if the hyper-extended copyright (70 years after death) is why we have so many sequels: new enterprising artists are not able to get their works accepted, partially, because *something* in their work might be close enough to something copyrighted.

    Anubis PriestAnubis Priest6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Felt like i watched 3 videos. It was good tho

    Guido HaverkortGuido Haverkort6 klukkustundum síðan
  • Memories is so annoying, it is so repetitive and irratating.

    Precy CaibalPrecy Caibal7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Why were you in Campbell park?! 😮

    sa rogerssa rogers7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Copyright should last 50 years, and anything that is taking from it should legally require to give credits to the original so that people at least remember who started it.

    Miles EdgeworthMiles Edgeworth7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Outstanding video! Thank you.

    Frank BonuraFrank Bonura7 klukkustundum síðan
  • There's no way Tom Scott has a racer chair. I thought you worked in a smoking room with books all around you.

    Jon AdamichJon Adamich7 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1920">32:00</a> Why is everyone driving on the wrong side of the road. What kind of nutballs are they!!!?

    Dodge RiderDodge Rider7 klukkustundum síðan
  • Watch CdawgVA vs copyright claims :(

    IM VincentIM Vincent8 klukkustundum síðan
  • This was a video with 39 minutes of straight information and talking done in seven shots. The nickname Tom "One Shot" Scott really should stick

    WhaleMilkWhaleMilk8 klukkustundum síðan
  • you could change it to 50 or 60 years. But say that it will not go into effect for corporations for 5 years, and individuals 10. This helps corporations and individuals who relied on royalties and fees to prepare. It also helps people who were planning on doing that adjust to the new timeline.

    jon bjon b9 klukkustundum síðan
  • Wait, if you're not making money off of videos, are you still allowed to do whatever you want? Like include copyrighted songs or album covers? Because if i dont care about the money and just want to make good content that requires those things, shouldnt i be allowed to do that?

    Chris ChoiChris Choi9 klukkustundum síðan
  • An actual copyright dispute I had to send to ISproject once: "The Brandenburg Variation is a public domain work. This particular version I am streaming (as can be seen in the video) was rendered by myself from a MIDI file going into a vocal synthesizer, rendering the lines 'pee is stored in the balls'." I don't exactly think Sony has released anything involving that particular libretto.

    Alex HauptmannAlex Hauptmann9 klukkustundum síðan
  • Jay foreman and Tom Scott are a perfect pair

    free range humanfree range human9 klukkustundum síðan
  • If I take this video and write words in the corner like "I like this bit", "I don't like this bit"; would that count as review or criticism if I reuploaded it otherwise intact?

    burgersnchipsburgersnchips9 klukkustundum síðan
  • I finally joined CuriosityStream yesterday and all I did so far was make sure to get access to Nebula and watch that series. Was great fun, thanks.

    RackergenRackergen10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Tom is the british Ted Mosby!

    Thom van DijkThom van Dijk10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Mr. Scott what are you doing outside? I am worried about you!

    ReemaReema10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Absolutely no exploration at all of what "transformation" actually means, you also make it sound as if only negative reactions to something are a valid reaction under the law

    futurestorytellerfuturestoryteller10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Tom, why do you not have a Patreon?

    Michael JonesMichael Jones10 klukkustundum síðan
  • So Tom came to Milton Keynes 😯

    Jeremie MoludiJeremie Moludi11 klukkustundum síðan
  • I'm an adult and I feel like I want to grow up to be like Tom

    BB11 klukkustundum síðan
  • If I watch someone livestream regularly, it's gonna be real hard to make the argument that they are cutting in to sales; im obviously coming for the person and not what they're playing in particular, and even if I were coming for the game, that has nothing to do with whether I buy it or not inherently.

    Cory GoodmanCory Goodman11 klukkustundum síðan
  • what a fascinating video - you explain an incredibly complicated system in such a clear way.. amazing!

    StevoStevo11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Any content is just a huge number. If you add one to that number, it's a derived work, therefore copyrighted. Derived work of a derived work is a derived work and therefore copyrighted. Conclusion: everything is derived from zero. Copyright is inherently idiotic idea.

    Martin HabovštiakMartin Habovštiak11 klukkustundum síðan
  • This is one of the reasons I use youtube's license-free music library for intro's, outro's, and other music in my videos.

    Interesting StuffInteresting Stuff11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Gif. It's pronounced gif, not gif.

    Dave BallardDave Ballard11 klukkustundum síðan
  • It happened again!

    tomix1024tomix102411 klukkustundum síðan
  • A huge salinisation like the UN, should help to write copy-write law.

    Martin HoultonMartin Houlton11 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2174">36:14</a> can I copyright that wind sound and upload it to youtube content ID system of i am a big Company

    ANIRUDH .LANIRUDH .L11 klukkustundum síðan
  • Was there an ad placed on purpose when you mention advertising companies 😂

    Jake BeechJake Beech11 klukkustundum síðan
  • If a big corporation tried to ISproject; as they are owned by Google, & Google run the Web, Google could take down the corporation's website and all mentions of them.

    Martin HoultonMartin Houlton11 klukkustundum síðan
  • If a system doesn't work for the current real world, its obsolete and should be changed. Law should change with the times to serve people, not the other way around.

    Bruno VásquezBruno Vásquez12 klukkustundum síðan
  • "or one of the world's largest advertising firms" ISproject mid-video advertisement kicks in. Well played! :-)

    JoannaJoanna12 klukkustundum síðan
  • You appear rather tired in parts of this one, I hope your alright and try to get some rest.

    bobfangiobobfangio12 klukkustundum síðan
    • I adore the lawyer “no copyright intended” scene

      JoannaJoanna12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Make copyrights 15 or 20 years, but allowed 2-3 payed extensions of registered works. A lot of stuff would still slip into the public domain relative quickly, and those that didn't could create some operating funds for the copyright office/courts, and create a better record of who the current rights holder were.

    WorBluxWorBlux12 klukkustundum síðan
  • So we're basically devolving into a cyberpunk dystopia.

    fl00fydragonfl00fydragon12 klukkustundum síðan
  • The appeal process for content ID should have a bond/preliminary arbitration process. Say you want to make and appeal. - $50. Then if the claimant wants to fight the appeal, they need to put up $100. The winner gets $100 along with the decision, and YT keeps $50 to pay staff needed for this. YT could also pass on complex cases and refund both parties and let them fight via the normal dmca/court process. Should be enough to stop all the stupid decisions and claims,

    WorBluxWorBlux12 klukkustundum síðan
  • My main takeaway from this is that Copyright Law and systems are not compatible with Internet Culture.

    Steve RempelSteve Rempel12 klukkustundum síðan
  • 1) You can't sue Giphy and hope to win, because it's protected by DMCA harbor as well as previous lawsuits brought against ISproject and lost. You can only issue take down requests and sue individual uploaders if they issue counter-notices. 2) ISproject system *IS* broken. Its 3 strikes policy is what lets copyright trolls like Jukin Media extort money from youtubers. It's not a requirement by the law, the law only requires blocking repeat infringes without specifying conditions of determining it.

    Sergey RozhenkoSergey Rozhenko12 klukkustundum síðan
  • Is there a significant difference between 'broken' and 'lazy, slovenly, carelessly, half-assedly done'.

    einkerleinkerl13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Waaaaaaait a minute, that isn't Miles Davis...

    NonTwinBrothersNonTwinBrothers13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Watching this video definitely helped me understand the laws better. Makes sense why they shut my older channel down. Mixed instrumental versions of metal songs from guitar hero/rock band games but I uploaded them with the official cover art as a static image.

    Ryan GallowayRyan Galloway13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Great reviews Tom! Keep it up!

    royalpieroyalpie13 klukkustundum síðan
  • H A R O L D do not hide your pain it is ok

    Patrick ClearyPatrick Cleary13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I say they're both broken...

    This-EntityThis-Entity13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I still can't believe how uninterruptively articulate you are in these long single shots

    Jonathan GasserJonathan Gasser13 klukkustundum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="720">12:00</a> legendary

    DeluxGamingDeluxGaming13 klukkustundum síðan

    NodsaibotNodsaibot13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I really hope that this amazingly produced video's view performance wasn't hurt by the viral crisis taking everyone's watch time. I love watching Tom Scott but this took me a week to finally get to. :(

    Naomi PRNaomi PR13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I adore the lawyer “no copyright intended” scene

    Devilish.PatchworkDevilish.Patchwork13 klukkustundum síðan
  • Just so you know, this is the video that finally convinced me to subscribe CurosityStream (with Nebula) using your affiliated link :-) Great work

    CFKCFK13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I think what we need to do is embrace originality. There can't be a problem with copyright if everything is original. It can be the age of creativity. I guess the only problem is that people don't like originality. They want to see the familiar. That's how anyone searches for anything these days. They look for that thing they've seen before.

    James DownsJames Downs14 klukkustundum síðan

    JoaquinJoaquin14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Basically business people and beauracracy have developed a world where it is necessary to need them.

    Brown PotatoBrown Potato14 klukkustundum síðan