For a while now, YouTube’s copyright claims system has been a problem, often being abused by the accuser and offering not much course of action for the accused. Thankfully, YouTube has updated its copyright claim system. The update gives creators more control over copyright claim disputes.

Essentially, the update will allow YouTube creators to address copyright disputes directly. They have the option to trim out the claimed content. It’s being dubbed the “Assisted Trim” option. It is one of the big tools coming out with the Studio update. The tool highlights the section in the video that the copyright claim pertains to. Right now, YouTube is working to make the endpoint adjustable, but it isn’t available right now. That could be a problem; if users can only delete the portion without adjustment that is being claimed, it could cause confusion in the video’s flow. However, YouTube is working on this feature, so it should be coming out soon.

Other new features coming to Creator Studio

Additionally, creators now will see their channel’s copyright strikes directly on the YouTube Studio Dashboard. You will be able to see which videos were removed, who submitted the copyright takedown notice and what actions you can take to resolve the strike.

YouTube also says the update will be “providing more transparency” about the content of the copyright takedown. How will it do it? YouTube will provide specific descriptions of the copyrighted work provided by the claimant in the takedown notice. If there isn’t information available, you will have the option to contact YouTube’s copyright team for a copy of the takedown notice.

Copyright claiming has been an ongoing battle for creators and YouTube alike

One of the major issues users have with YouTube and its copyright system is its lack of transparency. As we said before, YouTube says they will work to provide more transparency:

“We’re also providing more transparency about the content of the copyright takedown than ever before, now surfacing the specific description of the copyrighted work provided by the claimant in the takedown notice,” according to YouTube’s blog post.

YouTube says there will be “many more updates” in 2020 that will help creators through the copyright claim process. These updates make it easier to work with copyright claims and to appeal them.

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