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

Tom Scott

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:
    WRITTEN BY: Tom Scott
    SCRIPT ASSISTANT: Andrea Marks
    CAMERA: Jamie Drew
    CAMERA: Joe Stone
    AUDIO MIX: Graham Haerther
    EDITOR: Isla McTear
    CAPTIONS: Caption+
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    Evan Edinger
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    Oliver Thorn
    Tim Bunn
    Leonard French
    Devin Stone
    Jay Foreman
    Joel "Smallishbeans"
    Epidemic Sound
    Canon in D solo piano recording courtesy of ProstoRecords and Envato Market
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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!

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      4. Gabriel Gonzalez

        your content has gotten so much better in a very quick amount of time. for the past 2 years i've been really entertained and educated by your content. But this is video is entirely different.

      5. hoylemd

        This video is amazing! I almost said incredible, but that's the opposite of true.

    2. Autism Storm

      The trouble with copyright issues on SEsels is not so much the law (albeit you are spot on, it is broken), the SEsels system is. Anyone can just claim against your video, and if you dispute, the person who responds initially is the malicious person trying to steal your money. This has been happening to lots of content and music creators

    3. HTWingNut

      Where does it end though? Are we not allowed to quote from anything said on TV, movies, books? Isn't everything we say and do subject to copyright then?

    4. Yndostrui

      Maybe it would be easier to reduce the copyright term if you used a grandfather policy. New works will be under copyright for 50 years. Existing works will continue to be under the current copyright term. This might help reduce the pressure from corporations and will prevent affecting people relying on their royalties. I suspect this won't ever happen, though. If anything, the copyright term will be extended again.

    5. agasttya dixit

      Can't wait for the day when SEsels comments would be copyright claimed

    6. Victor García

      Oi m8, u got a loisence for that meme?

    7. DarkSwordsman

      Seeing Legal Eagle do that bit was hilarious xD

    8. Screen Box

      Why SEsels copyright is broken? Disability unemployment.....Their works had been stolen and copied and unable to SEsels monetize because SEsels rating system which discriminates their characteristics or looks of characteristics. This is 100% true.

    9. Paul Productions

      So youtube is kind of making things less messy for the non law students?

    10. Paul Productions

      Antonio Guillem: *lets internet people use a photo that requires licenses without needing to have a license* Everybody liked that

    11. Qisooyin Horror

      What, if comments were copyrighted Every comment, is copyrighted

    12. Joost Van Heuckelom

      Great info! Clears up a lot actually.

    13. James Beresford

      This video will cause disputes.... er dispute, sorry.

    14. MrBowser909


    15. Stephanie Storey

      God I love the subtitles. “PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME FOR HELP WITH THIS.” 😂😂

    16. Leonardo Eneria

      Licensed phothos reminds me of the tea sipping spiffingbrit.

    17. Israel andersonHOME

      xQcOW has left the game

    18. P. Wingert

      One item that should have been discussed is how Tik TOk has a blanket licence and how that licence does not extend to sharing onto other platforms.

    19. Jayden Thadani

      Isn’t education also fair use?

    20. Rau Manu

      Never thought id see mumbo jumbo in a tom scott video

    21. Syukri R.Robert

      sooo essentially everyone goes AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH

    22. Jasan O

      "Pack a bell"

    23. Shailendra Nath

      That canon rock clip at the end was awesome

    24. Big Gargantuar

      Only Tom could make a 42 minute video about copyright entertaining

    25. CharlesFreck

      This a good breakdown, but I disagree. There should be no copyright. Ever. Having any copyright will only create abuse later on. The only way to get rid of copyright law abuse it to get rid of it entirely. Rely on the good will of people who enjoy your art, and will pay you for it. Face it, simply having one talent is valid anymore. You need to have multiple talents and business sense. Art is harder then it used to be, and that's because it's more competitive. Having an idea doesn't entitle you to money.

    26. Andrew Hazlewood

      Does the guy in the blue shirt in the bottom corner have any more videos?

    27. Neojack

      You are so freackin genius bro.

    28. alpw1234

      stop defending the disgusting and corrupt copyright industry.

    29. Vinciere

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="715">11:55</a> I was thinking as this video got going "I'd love to see the Legal Eagle channel response to this. Well.... looks like Tom was way ahead of me.

    30. Kanra

      Abolish intellectual property.

    31. Jason Williams

      I like your 50 year idea, with the one caveat that if they are still alive, the copywrite still exists. There could very easily be an artist who recorded something at age 25 that is surviving off those royalties at 75. I don't think it would be at all reasonable to pull what amounts to his livelihood at that point in his life. EDIT: You did touch on this, but believe you came down on the wrong side of the debate. There's no reason to take someone's creative property away from while they are alive.

    32. Jeffrey Fider

      So good 😊

      1. bofooit gojo

        Devin Stone is just the best, love him!

    33. braddeicide

      Jay Maisel can now sue you for defamation as you attributed subjectively poor art to him (j/k)

      1. bofooit gojo

        Hm, my opinions have been changed, that was weird...

    34. Raymond Lee

      Very disappointed in curiositystream - went there and couldn't find any reference ro nebula or tom scott. Would like to know more.

    35. Anon Ymous

      "That is a stock photo that looks kind-of like the album cover, because I am taking no risks" @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="400">6:40</a> If pixelating the album cover was not considered fair use/ censorship in Andy Baio's case, wouldn't blurring the album cover (during your criticism and review) still be a risk? Be careful out there in this litigious society. You have a new fan, loving your videos so far!

    36. Tsolemn Beach

      This is not an infringement of the copyrights of Copyright content, since it's an honest criticism of Copyright.

    37. Ak Iqbal Salleh

      The ultimate British crossover.

    38. HelpMeOuch

      Mr. Scott, I must say I do quite enjoy you and your team's informative, insightful, and off-times silliness. Thank you for uploading this video!

    39. OrchestrationOnline

      SEsels's Content ID system IS broken - at least when it comes to classical music. The system is incapable of discerning one recording of a classical work from another. This leads to endless wrong claims when an original recording is uploaded by a performer. Sometimes one sample will be claimed by several different licenses, as if the ID system is willing to let anyone ask for the same exact slice of your ad revenue. It's a horrible mess, especially when one licence company has an automated directive to restrict a video instead of just claiming revenue. In essence, the system allows companies to falsely claim revenue from an original creator's work, and even shut it down entirely, all without any legal grounds. That is a broken system.

    40. OrchestrationOnline

      I strongly disagree that copyright should only last for 50 years, dead stop. Tom also makes the claims that this would effect a tiny proportion of creators, and dismisses royalties as a bad retirement plan. This is all wrong. Authors often make serialised works that carry on original situations, characters, and world-building over many decades. Imagine the legal headache if the copyright ran out for the founding work of an ongoing series of science fiction novels or films while the original author was still active. Tom is also selectively forgetting that educational works, like texts and audiovisual series are added to and supplemented over many decades by single authors as a life's work (especially in the case of university texts).That is not a small category of authors by any means. Often such work is done with the expectation not just of retirement but also that their families who sacrificed many hours on behalf of the creative work will be looked after. So it's not as simple as it may sound here.

    41. MaxAttack38 Gaming

      This video was amazing. It was well researched, thought out, and well edited. It had me laughing and being outraged. It was a masterpiece

    42. Zabe Denton

      Thank you for speaking out on this. If we don't fight back starting now, the mouse house is gonna make copyrights indefinite. I'd go even further and say _creative_ copyrights shouldn't outlast the creator, and shouldn't be sellable as an asset. Exclusive usage right? Sure, as long as the creator is alive. Once they pass on, their works become public domain. This prevents uncaring corporations from claiming sole legal ownership over a vision they don't give two shits about beyond it's value on paper as IP. Also edit just to add: SEsels's copyright system _is_ broken. They don't realize the power they hold and that they don't have to bend the knee to mainstream media corporations. SEsels should be dictating terms to advertisers and VEVO, not the other way around.

    43. Vanessa's Ambitions

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="180">3:00</a> Exactly how I react every time my phone rings

    44. SolarMoth

      EDITOR RAGE. THANK YOU. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2400">40:00</a>

    45. SolarMoth

      commented twice, this is significant. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1973">32:53</a>

    46. SolarMoth

      this video is important.... every thing second. watch it

    47. Aske Lange

      Hm, my opinions have been changed, that was weird...

    48. Geoffery Chang

      Devin Stone is just the best, love him!

    49. Ni40

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="181">3:01</a> Nobody: Jay foreman: AAAAAAAAAAA

    50. Vishal Singh

      Yo when are we getting this Star Trek space communism? Sounds lit.

    51. OnePalProductions

      Shill indeed. Piss off "mate".

      1. Garfield Clocks

        OnePalProductions did you watch the video?

    52. theB0sSPr0

      the problem is not just that - legally - a kid messing around on youtube is the same as a music label - it's also that legally youtube itself is no different from my personal webpage and everyone on it is jut... uploading to someone elses website also... what about the other way round? what about music labels that make an uninspired song sampling other recordings and then claim copyright for those recordings? accoridng to youtubes content ID sony music has the copyright to the original recording of neil armstrong landing on the moon and stepping onto the moon

    53. mysteryshrimp

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="179">2:59</a> That moment that you are listening (not watching) in the background and recognize the guest appearance of Jay Foreman by a panicked yell.

    54. Jonathan Smith

      Good to see the Unfinished London guy

    55. Madeline Golding

      I can never tell if those with a british or Australian accent are saying law or lore

    56. mindful coding

      Well im not gonna scared me.

    57. SkyeFyre

      What about a copyrighted work that is created and owned by a corporation?

      1. SkyeFyre

        I still rubbed one out to him

    58. Nathan Lang

      Canon in D sucks anyway.

    59. TheWolfoftheStars

      Tbh I'd be incredibly interested to go back in time 200 years and ask the average person what they thought about the concept of "canon". I genuinely think that modern fan culture has been profoundly shaped by the absurd amount of lengthening that copyright law has gone through. For the majority of adults today, there is nothing that has been produced in their entire lifetime that is in the public domain, which means that there ends up being a very sharp delineation between what gets to be "canon" i.e. produced by the creators of the thing (very often, especially in recent years, massive publishing firms and megacorporations like Disney), and what is relegated to "fanon" (i.e. produced by the unwashed masses). That kind of sharp line between the two was likely much softer in the past, or maybe the concept of dividing the two wasn't even really a thing back in the days of, say, Sherlock Holmes. Unfortunately I'm not a historian and I don't have the kind of knowledge, skill, or resources to do a deep dive on this stuff, but I would be really interested to learn about it.

    60. OriginalTharios

      It's all broken...because the concept of owning information is absurd. Ownership at all is largely absurd, but trying to own something that exists everywhere at all times is insanity.

    61. Nathan Yao

      Now what we need is a society without money

    62. Iktidar Alam

      2k people read few words from the title and got angry Or those 2k are Record Company shills

    63. Just Some Girl with a Mustache

      Spoiler alert everyone won

    64. The Editor AMVs

      This needs to change in order for the human race to survive.

    65. Agent К_видео

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="476">7:56</a> The Holderness Family doesn't directly parody the song, but they use the music and change the lyrics. I think that's fair use.

    66. Evan Andrews

      The problem with the video game recording content is that most viewers are children or young teens who cannot afford to purchase the product themselves anyway. So in these cases no money is actually being lost.

    67. John Chessant

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1696">28:16</a> did you get the proper licensing for the pikachu in the background??

    68. Dalton Zona

      Thank you.

    69. NobodyCares

      I dont remember the name of the youtuber, but they managed to copyright claim themselves and take a share of the money they make even after someone else claims it.

    70. Haze Radio

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My radio channel had to close down 5 days ago. Your explanations aloud me to deal with it.

    71. Welt Siebenhundert

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2330">38:50</a> Titel repeated

    72. Matthieu G

      Awesome work. Thank you 👍🏻

    73. Welt Siebenhundert

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1700">28:20</a> some fixes

    74. Welt Siebenhundert

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1340">22:20</a> start of SEsels

    75. theonlybutler

      50 years is fair, or basically when the artist retires. By then it's time for the generation to pass their contribution to the world to the next generation.

    76. Hoos


    77. Daniel Jones

      Tom Scott: mentions advertising firm. SEsels: time to play an ad!

      1. Apteryx

        Tom chooses when ad show. So more accurately; Tom Scott: *mentions advertising firm* Also Tom Scott: Time to play an ad!

    78. IamCoalfoot

      Copyright law is _HORRENDOUSLY_ broken. Broken in a way I'm not sure it Can be fixed.

    79. Star Lord

      Not to rain on your parade here bub, but if you take a look att SEsels. There are people that play or stream music that there is *NO CHANCE IN HELL* they got a license for. But SEsels seem not to care as they pay them a lot of money. These guys even have the same figures or more than your own channel have. I do not criticize copyright per se, but that there is no balance or justly use. So naturally it feels like there is a question about dual standards. And that is wrong. Why should a small channel need to desist when a little bigger seem to get away with it! Sure you can report everything. But is that a world and society we want to live in? Keep up the good work!

    80. TSG_Frank

      Probably one of the most important videos you've ever uploaded on this channel.