YouTube Class Action Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit was filed against YouTube, Google, and Alphabet by an artist who claims that YouTube allows copyrighted material to be uploaded onto their site, violating the composers’ right as copyright owners. According to the complaint, YouTube does not have an acceptable policy in place to allow users to upload copyrighted material onto their site without requiring a proper credit for the material. Additionally, the complaint states that Google AdSense publishers are not properly compensated for the advertisements and other information that are placed on their content.
In order for a video to be uploaded onto the website, a user must sign up using a PayPal account which verifies that the user owns the copyright to the videos, and that they agree to be charged a fee for each video that is uploaded. According to the complaint, even though YouTube requires a valid PayPal account, many users are still uploading content that they did not personally create.
The complaint further states that YouTube is only permitted to charge the original content owner a small portion of the total cost of each video, and it is in their best interest to keep this small cost down to the bare minimum. In order to do so, the content owners have been forced to hire large amounts of outside services, such as video production companies, to post their video content onto YouTube.
This class action suit was filed against YouTube by Mark Burton, a music video artist, on behalf of all those artists who claim to have been harmed by YouTube’s lack of copyright compliance policies. While a YouTube representative has denied that the company was aware of the policy on charging individual content owners for every video uploaded onto their website, the complaint has not changed the fact that millions of individuals are being harmed because of this policy.
The complaint further contends that YouTube has allowed users to upload video materials on their website without any form of prior notice or notification, contrary to the guidelines set forth in a Class Action Lawsuit against Facebook. Despite the fact that Facebook has taken steps to limit their users from posting material that is not relevant to their business, YouTube continues to allow these same users to post copyrighted material without having a warning at all.
Furthermore, in order for a YouTube Class Action Suit to succeed, it must show that the website has a significant impact on the community as a whole, as well as an impact on a specific individual’s ability to make money. To establish such an effect, a YouTube complaint needs to show that thousands of people are being adversely affected by YouTube’s policies on video.
YouTube is not the only website in which copyrighted material is allowed, and users are encouraged to upload their videos to many other sites such as Facebook and Metacafe, while YouTube is also under investigation by other federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission for its lack of copyright policies. Additionally, many other websites, including YouTube competitor Metacafe, are also facing similar charges due to their own lack of copyright policies.
While it remains to be seen if the YouTube class action case will ever reach a settlement, one thing is certain: the lawsuit is still on. There have been no concrete results from the investigation, but for the time being, the lawsuit is ongoing.
Copyright lawsuits have a long and storied history, and have been used as tools for copyright enforcement since the 1800s. However, there are limits on what is considered a valid copyright complaint – in particular the fact that some types of copyrighted materials may not actually be eligible under U.S. copyright law.
Because of these restrictions, it is possible that YouTube may be able to settle the case for less than the amount of damages claimed by plaintiffs; although, settling would be very difficult given the high cost associated with defending a lawsuit like this. While there is no guarantee that the lawsuit will be resolved in favor of YouTube, a resolution may not be far away.
As long as these issues are addressed, it is possible that the class action lawsuit will continue to fight. While the exact outcome of the case is unknown, there is no doubt that the controversy will continue to haunt the website.