Hi Guys, somehow using and working with YouTube is a real headache. All started around September 2016 when YouTube suddenly demonetized our channel for no reason, then monetized it again. Then on January 31th 2017 they terminated our channel, but then it came back. Then on November 30th 2017 they again terminated our channel, but it came back – each time no explanation was given.
Additional YouTube is generally halting ad-revenue the month of a channel suspension, why those are timed exactly on the last day of a month, seems strange. Imagine this situation at your job, you are fired (potentially without pay for the current month), then left in the dark, but a few days later they ask you to come back, but without a paycheck the next month, instead delayed four weeks. Also most of our videos are usually tagged as not advertiser friendly (yes, most of them), which often means hours or days until they are enabled for monetization.
Now, if this all wasn’t bad enough, a recent counter notification from us got denied by YouTube. This wasn’t the first time we filed a counter notification, so it came as a surprise, and it remains puzzling why YouTube rejected it at all.
So according to YouTube’s forum support we have to file a court case counter notification, in order to resolve the copyright strike. At this point we are not sure if that has to be done in YouTube’s jurisdiction (since both involved parties live outside the U.S.), or in the country of the claimant.
YouTube Denies our Counter Notification
Because YouTube is denying our counter notification, which contains all the information they asked for in their free-form submission, we are basically left with taken legal actions, to file a DMCA counter notification. This means we likely have to hire a copyright lawyer, pay fees to file a court case in a foreign country, who knows we might even have to travel.
The following information has to be acknowledged when filing a copyright strike at YouTube.
I state UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY that: I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
I have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and This notification is accurate.
I acknowledge that under Section 512(f) of the DMCA any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability for damages.
I understand that abuse of this tool will result in termination of my YouTube account.
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