I am a non-commercial mashup artist whose videos are being pulled down from YouTube. This is with zero interaction with either YouTube staff or content owners. Now I've got "two strikes" against my account, both of which are total BS.
Fort Minor's "Remember the Name" was released under a Creative Commons license, and I created a remix of it that got pulled down from YouTube, apparently because the VIDEO of the song isn't covered by the liscense, only the audio is. I didn't know this, but my YouTube account has a "strike" now because of it anyway. This is the only message I got:
Content owner: WMG Type: Visual content
Removed video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41k-7VAn114
Reuploaded (without video) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gScf3ZzYMSk
Project web site: http://nerd42.net/chronotied/
tobyMac is a Christian music artist originally made famous for his work with DC Talk. His recent single "City On Our Knees" came with an instrumental which I combined with a freely available acapella by another Christian artist (Eli & the Grouch's "All In") to create the audio-only mashup "A City All In." I don't understand why tobyMac would release the instrumental and the other artist would release the acapella if no one is allowed to do anything with them. This doesn't seem like very Christian behavior to me!!
Content owner: EMI Type: Audio content
Removed video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVoyj26I2r4
Original track: http://editthis.info/wiki42/A_City_All_In
I could file a counter-notice but I'm hesitant to associate my real name with my YouTube alias for fear of getting sued. I'd only do such a thing if I knew I had money for a legal defense, which I don't as I'm a broke college student. But I think both of these takedowns are examples of extreme behavior both on the part of YouTube and the labels.
If my YouTube account gets suspended, I don't care. I am not going to let this affect either my music or my efforts to continue promoting my music. But it will make it more difficult to get my tracks out to more people and to stream them easily.