YouTube creators and Twitch streamers have made horrible capabilities of popular songs in hilarious attempts to get around YouTube's criticized copyright system.
In recent months, YouTube creators have encountered copyright issues while making TikTok reaction videos, where they collect Cringey TikTok clips and either respond or comment on them. However, these TikTok videos contain music from artists signed to labels such as Sony and Warner, and these labels will constitute copyright claims, preventing the creators from making money from their videos.
To work around, creators like Danny Gonzalez and Kurtis Conner have started to replace music with their own singing. Gonzalez and Conner sing half songs as Linkin Parks "In The End" and imagine Dragons "Believer" while the corresponding TikTok video is played on the screen. Both creators explain in their videos why they sing instead of playing the music, with Conner joking: "I think it does better." It is a little painful to hear, but ultimately a very funny hole in the copyright system that YouTube must enforce.
The move effectively enables their videos, which could not make money from the past due to copyright infringement, finally become monetized. It is hoped that large labels such as Sony Music or Warner Music Group cannot claim copyright infringement or at least that song will not trigger YouTube's automated system to find copyrighted content.
YouTube creators have dealt with excessive copyright infringement infringement and takedowns for years, leading to debates on Fair Use policies and revenue generation. If the owner of the copyrighted content issues a notice of inclusion or claim that a video violated copyright, YouTube must act. This may mean that you take down a video or send money from ads to the copyright holder instead of the video creator.
TikTok reacts to videos is an interesting case of how copyright claims on YouTube work – and why the creators are so frustrated. TikTok videos contain less than 10 seconds of music, but it may still be enough to get a copyright claim – on TikTok itself the music is all licensed from the labels.
The problem remains that creators on YouTube are trying to make money from videos that contain content they didn't create. They are not partners with Sony or Warner Music as TikTok is currently. Reactive videos are a big part of YouTube's current culture. People lift popular movie trailers and film their reactions to what's happening on the screen. These videos are usually monetized.
"I have removed music owned by Warner Music Group because I have no intention of unfairly using their music," wrote the creator Holo FX in the description of a TikTok compilation video. "I do not claim to own any of the played musicians. We simply dance and used the TikTok app to create this."
Gonzalez and Conner's solutions not only work for TikTok. Game owners and streamers have taken the same hole to get copyrighted songs past the YouTube Content ID system. In the example below, the creator The Apekz saw "Let It Go" from frozen in an attempt to secure his video Kingdom Hearts 3, which contains the song, does not become demonized.
When the video is over, he jokes that he hopes his bad song means he won't get copyright protection and adds that he doesn't want to "have to sing over any more songs" to avoid getting copyrighted.