How did PewDiePie get a copyright strike for using HIS OWN music?
Last year, PewDiePie made his own music, and posted it online saying that he gave anyone permission to use his songs and remix them (including the popular song Bitch Lasagna). He thought this would make the songs "DMCA safe" or "copyright free" (and therefore safe to use in live streams and videos). But when PewDiePie used his own songs in his own YouTube videos, someone else claimed ownership of the songs and PewDiePie himself ended up with a copyright strike (along with all the people who used his song in their own videos)... PewDiePie then went on a rant about YouTube's copyright system.
How could this happen? How can someone else make a claim on PewDiePie's songs? Why was PewDiePie unable to quickly resolve the issue if he OWNED the song? Unfortunately, PewDiePie did not take the proper measures to protect his own music. When you release a song, you have to monitor all music platforms across the world to make sure nobody else steals your song and posts it to Spotify or other streaming services, claiming it as their own. This is what happened to PewDiePie, he failed to properly monitor and protect his own music.
PewDiePie also had the option of registering the song for copyright with the US government to gain additional protection, but failed to do so. As a result, it took him many months to resolve this copyright issue.
When it comes to music and live streams or video content, it is vital to only use a 100% trusted source of music. As you can see, even if someone says their music is safe to use, this is not always the case, and you can run into copyright issues. As well, every single person who listened to PewDiePie and used the music (or remixed it) in their own content got hit with copyright strikes that had to be sorted out.
So the next time you go to use music, think twice... even if the owner of the music claims it is safe for use on YouTube, Twitch, or other streaming platforms. Running into copyright issues puts your content at risk and endangers your accounts and brand as a whole. Only use a trusted source of music.
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