On Tuesday, several popular K-pop music videos were removed from YouTube due to copyright claims. While they were rapidly returned to normal availability about an hour and a half later, YouTube has since stated that these were “erroneous claims” and is investigating.
TWICE’s “Likey” and “Like Ooh-Ahh,” “Singularity” by BTS’ V, BLACKPINK’s “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” “SOLO” by BLACKPINK’s Jennie, BIGBANG‘s “Flower Road” and PSY’s “New Face” were among some of the videos temporarily removed from the site after a company known as Aiplex Private Software Limited filed copyright claims. They were returned shortly after they went down.
Looks like the claims were released about 94 mins after they were made. We’re working with Aiplex to understand what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Appreciate you tagging our handle to let us know about this!
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) January 15, 2019
On Wednesday (Jan. 16), YouTube released a statement explaining what happened with the videos.
“We rely on copyright holders to only claim the content they truly own, and are required by law to remove that content when notified,” according to a YouTube spokesperson. “We have review teams that work to catch and prevent inaccurate claims, take action against copyright holders who knowingly or repeatedly cause errors, and we offer a robust dispute process for users who believe their video was claimed in error.”
YouTube also said it doesn’t mediate copyright claims, but that the issue is between the parties involved. However, when the site is notified of potential copyright violations by rights holders, it is obligated by law to remove the content in question. The company also says it investigates potential abuses and will revoke access to certain copyright tools if there are repeated abuses of the system by partners.