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Something that I’ve encountered over my years of studies creating and publishing content on YouTube is their policies around copyright and how these can affect the showcase of the video being released. Many videos of mine have a copyright viewing restriction (usually banned in some countries) or a monetization policy whereby the video can’t be used commercially (or I can’t get paid for the video work) and also advertisements may appear throughout the video. This is all because I’ve used music that doesn’t fall under a creative commons license and it copyrighted for use without permission.
Above is seen how an instance of media regulation was encountered by me, however I’m not against the idea of protecting someones intellectual property, I just believe if it’s stated within the video that it’s not for commercial use, showcases the artist and maybe a link to where to buy their music should be sufficient. A YouTube channel NoCopyrightSounds allows for this with the music credit to be displayed in the ‘About’ section of the content. This service is really useful for academics creating an aesthetic video and sharing works of others.
The spatial control this has on video distribution is limiting some creatives to express their works, and sometimes accidental policy by the YouTube algorithm can see content removed. One prime example where common sense hasn’t prevailed, is a video in Russia where a dashboard cam captured a meteor penetrating the earth, however, Google’s “Content ID system automatically filters videos for music”, and with this particular video, Leona Lewis’ song “Bleeding love” (which is almost inaudible) was captured, forcing the content to be unavailable in Germany. (The Verge, 2013)
This is an example of the controlling nature of media spaces and the damaging effects it can have on natural events being captured in a spare of the moment way. Built on from using music for aesthetic purpose, this video has no clear intention of piracy, it’s mere consequence.