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

Tom Scott

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    No copyright infringement intended. | Watch Money, my new Nebula Original series, with a 30-day free trial of CuriosityStream:
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    1. Tom Scott

      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!

      1. The GoldenKeyboard

        It would've been so ironic if this video got copyright claimed XD

      2. A\T Gordon

        Thank you. That was a load of useful information and awesome opinions. But shouldn't you have been censoring the license plates of the cars?

      3. Joseph Catrambone

        It's okay. This is your best video.

      4. André Teixeira

        @Hecking Bamboozled Too bad you know nothing about it and let your ideology blind the reason. If you are not afraid of changing or mind or noticing your way of thinking might be wrong, do a short reasearch about Index of Economic Freedom and Economic Freedom of the World.

      5. David Smets

        I accidentally signed up for curiosity stream instead of nebula without using the link :(. There goes 20€.

    2. Michael Brookman

      this was awesome viewing, thanks.

    3. René Verberkt

      Imagine if the wheel had been copyrighted, we'd all still be in the legal stoneage.

    4. Elliott Bork

      Stock photos were great you should make a whole series about them

    5. reaktor55

      is there a copyright infringement version of no homo?

    6. Anthony Lipke

      The lawyers and the big companies seem top have authored copy right law with little regard for people and culture. The original principal in the constitution was to encourage arts and sciences. I think its practice is more akin to its English origins in censorship and rent seeking.

    7. Austin Bosma

      Dangerously funny is saving me $400 buy play animal crossing

    8. ScalyLayde

      love the legal eagle cameo. Also, I realize neither of us are lawyers, but about streaming video games and it's impact on sales- there is an argument to make that it's beneficial. Someone might be more likely to shell out $60-$80 for a game if they know what they're getting. This is the reason some publishers allow free demos of their games in order to discourage piracy, which is logic tells me is more detrimental than youtube videos or free demos are.

    9. Cara Carissima

      this is very useful

    10. 01sanguinius

      the other problem with jukin was that they weren't always informing the owner of the rights and keeping the money for themselves.

    11. Danielle White

      In the past, a lot of those silly videos made by kids were on VHS or audio cassette tapes, providing for them to escape detection. I used to be on the board of a tech non-profit in the US. We got one through some sort of licensing clearing-house about a web comic that was used on the site. It took us a long time to locate it in a PDF of a presentation that someone put online at some prior point (none of the board members dealing with the complaint had been involved when it was.) Pay it and move on was the answer.

    12. Gerd L. Plüü

      The world is indeed broken, but that doesn't automatically make FIselss content ID system not broken.

    13. Felix FTV

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1035">17:15</a> none is speaking about the diamonds picked up with a stone pickaxe?????

    14. Leon Straathof

      I have seen many of your video's this is by far the best one. You explain so well how the world deals with this problem now. Sadly the power of change is mostly in the hands of corporations who don't want any of these changes. Like always in these types of conflict only can be solved by politicians who do care less about lobbying (which in my book is just translated as lawful bribing). I hope that change will come if not for us then for our children.

    15. Paul Hembree

      I think patents and copyright laws should last 100 years.

    16. This is gonna sound stupid, but

      GIF is pronounced with a hard G in every sense. Graphical is not pronounced Jiraffical.

    17. Kring

      Perhaps creators should not have a right to decide how their works are used. My opinion about copyright law is that it should entirely disappear.

    18. The Dancing Geese

      Any body else see the Jay formen cameo?

    19. James Ducas

      Excellent video as always, Tom.

    20. Nomecla Absorber

      Tom you do not have the right to call hide the pain Harold part of the “nerdy underside of FIsels” when you make education videos

    21. drosera

      i think more people need to think less about legality and more about morality.

      1. drosera

        ayyy i commented like halfway, glad to see you mentioned this

    22. hopin8krzys

      What a filthy commie propaganda What next, workers rigths? Absurd

    23. Not Me

      No one gonna talk about that small peepee car at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1935">32:15</a> using his lights wrong? Or do I have the brain capacity of canned tuna? Maybe a combination of both

    24. Tim Hawthorn

      Thanks for doing this. As you're one of the people who is inspiring me to start making videos, this is probably my biggest worry. I was considering a 'publish and be damned' approach, but you've caused me to revise that. My gut feeling is to stick with content I have created myself or that which is open sourced / creative commons. The tricky bit is finding images of archaeological artefacts which I can't just go and take myself

    25. The GoldenKeyboard

      Still waiting for episode 2 of tom reacts

    26. Hayabusa Ryuu

      Legal vampire spoted!

      1. The GoldenKeyboard

        I like a good spote

    27. SwordBreaker925

      Video game streaming is absolutely fair use. If the law says that my own gameplay is copyright infringement, then the law is wrong. Everyone knows the copyright system is broken and designed to monetarily benefit big corporations, but there's nothing we can do because those companies can bribe politicians into not changing those laws.

    28. Hade Chxn

      Dont know why but I genuinely expected a 42min single take.

    29. RK Beck

      Big ups to Legal Eagle and his cameo here, good sense of humour.

    30. Exxag

      "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" I kinda expected Tom to scream AHHH back

    31. Martin Piggins

      Haha, it good you can laugh at yourself, thanks for the outtakes 👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

    32. nixeh32

      Everyone should watch this, you're a legend Tom!

    33. First Name Last Name

      Jay screaming in his cameo is very on brand

    34. Bennett Snyder

      In general this video gets a lot of things right but I do think that it lets FIsels off the hook in one major way: they should be going to bat for their creators to lobby for a better system. They're the only institution in this debate that has the clout to stand up to legacy rights-holders, and there should be pressure on them to use their resources to protect the people who make the content they make money off of.

    35. Balter

      Showing Wendover Production's face hey?

    36. Sheng Han

      Quite a in depth analysis.

    37. F Torrado

      Please stop, there's some interesting valid points, but your criticism is actually just perpetuating some of the problems with copyright. The whole "winner takes it all" mentality is wrong! Less copyright safeguards is the only way to go

    38. Timmy P

      Having LegalEagle be a vampire was gold

    39. Egon

      You are stupid and missing the point. FIsels's Copyright System IS Broken, and is broken because it does not give creators proper tools to counter false claims. Not the mention: the idea that during dispute money from revenue are going to party claiming the video (instead of being withhold by YT until claim gets resolved) it's extremely stupid.

    40. **

      Outstanding analysis. Thanks Tom!

    41. Gabby Edgar

      the reason kids think thats isnt entirely bc theyre entitled i think theyre confusing copyright law with the rules theyve been told in school for what is and isnt plagiarism

    42. ORGdotEDU films

      I never realized how much FIsels's Content ID system saves me from copyright strikes and lawsuits. Genuinely scary. I've used songs in videos that, although not monetized, infringed on copyright law, all without knowing so. Really puts the false claims into perspective... huh...

    43. ReverendTed

      What I don't like is that copyright, or more specifically FIsels's contractual implementation of it, seems to be an "all or nothing" proposition. You can't split revenue (manually or automatically) even if the claimed portion of your work is a fraction of the total. (Either in that the claimed portion is a fraction of YOUR work or that you've only used a fraction of THEIR work.)

    44. Nick Cunningham

      I'm watching this right after finding out that Warner Bros copyrighted MeatCanyon's Wabbit Season. Btw, it's now officially canon that Bugs Bunny is a rapist

    45. Jacob Wh Khu

      Copyright infringement is more serious than war crimes nowadays

    46. Snow Man

      What about musicians who have been getting their music copyright-claimed even though they composed and performed the pieces themselves? I'd say as long as that is allowed/happening, the copyright system on youtube is indeed broken, Tom

    47. midivilplanet

      *Bloopers follow this sponsored advertising* Alright you got me

    48. Snow Man

      part of me wants to see this copyright striked to prove tom that youtube's system is actually broken

    49. Richard Gray

      Great. Comprehensive. Understandable. WOW!

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    52. Fancypants McVomitshirt

      I think 50 years is a bit harsh. Some artists are only "discovered" long after they publish. I think 70 is fair, from the date of publication or creation. Extending copyright long after the artists death is stupid though.

    53. Michal Walks

      Every word in your monologue has been used, one time or another, as lyrics in a song. How would you feel if you got a copyright strike and your account deleted with years of work gone because of this? Well, the same is going on with false claims. I have to tune out as this is an advertisement.

    54. zachos 2000

      "there is an enormous distance between what the law says and what the world is doing", this is a seriously good quote, might be completely obvious to some but it's so very true, definitely one of my top 10 or top 15 favorite quotes I think... Hmm actually are quotes also copyrighted?? Can I quote people freely?

    55. bill19282

      i think it should be upon death instead of 50 years !!

    56. Barry Soetoro

      Most of the tension in my exp is where one youtuber will strike another youtuber because they are saying things they dont like. Or at least thats what people mean by its broken.

    57. Kaedenn

      Very controversial topic with 98.47% positive reactions (as of this comment)? Something tells me this is yet another of your absolutely incredible works. How do YOU feel, Tom, about people sharing this video and using parts of it to educate each other?

    58. Barry Soetoro

      I have the true wand that makes lawyers go away....Its called no assets, no bank account & tons of debt. Poof lawyers be gone. Sure Ill show up the the trial act a fool & laugh when they hit me with a judgement.

    59. Dondlo

      Plot Twist:this video was copyrighted

    60. namejeffVEVO

      its pronounced jif

    61. Cassie

      Me: stops the video at 4 minutes looks at the duration 42 MINUTES OF VIDEO? goes to the comments Tom: Yup, 42 minutes of video. Also me: HOW DID YOU KNOW?

    62. TheJadedRabbit

      hold on, I have questions about why those two making cookies were wearing gas masks? I mean I have plenty of questions about stock photo's in general but that one is up there as my top WTF one and makes me ask but why?

      1. Cassie

        12:00 bojler eladó

    63. Veggiemite Games

      As a tiny youtube channel that constantly worries about copyright and "fair use" this was very enlightening.

    64. Joe Prado

      Can’t wait for a company to cryogenically freeze a musician so they can have infinite copyright.

    65. Brian Duncan

      I always enjoy listening to one of the most intelligent people on this platform. Thank you.

    66. Steven Zhu

      Is it just me, but his body looks thin compare to his head and arms.

    67. default default

      this video is wow

    68. jangoofy

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1798">29:58</a> - hold up, there are still telephone booths in the UK ? or did the Tardis finally get a new skin ?

    69. Rab Townsend

      The most controversial position in this video is that there is a difference between "DISputes" and "disPUTES" besides emphasis.

    70. RepeatYourself

      Legal Eagle!

    71. Cringe Overload!!

      How about trailers and little bits of video showing of a piece of work to get people to buy or subscribe? would it be okay to post that for yourself? i mean you would just be promoting the content?

    72. Marty Hopkirk

      Always enjoy your videos Tom, & this one has not failed to deliver again. Well put.

    73. Arthur Guseynov

      Long video init?

    74. 霊Radoncombe

      Scott Rants.

    75. dominicv2 - YouTube

      Ok this video is amazing and I really liked it. Especially since it put such a complex issue in clear terms and made it incredibly understandable and informative. Now I am wondering whether it would be interesting and possible to make such a video on another current complex problem: streaming service exclusivity. With this I mean that certain services like netflix can own the right to distribute a product (movie) exclusively when they are not the owner of said product, but only licence it. I think It's an interesting issue since in 1948 there was a case (United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc., 334 U.S. 131) where the outcome was that Paramount could not limit the showing of its movies to theaters of choice, specifically theaters they owned. In my opinion this is a similar issue. Another related issue is game stores owning the rights to sell games they do not own; specifically steam vs epic. (these are just 2 examples of a multitude) So maybe this could be a great video idea to shed light on an interesting and complex topic and raise awareness.

    76. J eagles

      I really want a ‘Ya Boi Tom Reacts’ secondary channel now

    77. Infinite Space

      The law does not dictate what is moral, only what is punishable.

    78. Netrip

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="720">12:00</a> bojler eladó

    79. greg

      this is only relevant if your stuff is monetised. weddings dance videos are fine to share on youtube if your channel isn;t monetised.


      would be funny if someone reuploaded this video and se if tom copyright striks it XD