Two YouTubers Risk Channel Termination Over Memes
Two YouTubers have been asked to pay $6,000 or risk losing their YouTube channel. MxR and Potastic Panda make YouTube videos in which they react to memes and other online content.
However, it turns out that four videos they watched and reacted to have been owned by Jukin Media with the copyright. The media company has given them a bill for infringing its copyright.
If they do not pay, their channel could be removed due to YouTube’s copyright system.
MxR tweeted his worry due to the ‘three strikes’ rule, stating if he doesn’t pay, Jukin Media could contact Google with all four claims at once and “takedown” the channel.
Here are the charges Jukin media gave me. $3000 for a single meme bc it contained footage from two of their clips. If I don’t pay this, they’ll strike and take down my channel. pic.twitter.com/61h8FrJJxf
— MxR (@mmoxreview) January 10, 2020
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The YouTubers risk the termination of their channel
“Today we got hit with a huge bill of $6,000,” said MxR in a YouTube video viewed 1.3 million times. “I think it’s because in the past we’ve paid them about $2,000 (£1,500).
“If you don’t pay they’ll start striking your channel – they’ll basically remove our channel if we don’t pay them.”
Adding that they do a “very thorough search” to see if the content in their videos is already owned by a media company, but it is not always easy.
The company which owns the four videos, Jukin Media, responded with a lengthy social media post, claiming their goal is to make sure the owners of the videos get their compensation.
We left a comment on the video. Here’s a screenshot. You’re making money off of videos that don’t belong to you — our only goal here is to ensure that the rightful owners of the videos are compensated. We’re happy to talk and try to find a resolution that works for everyone. pic.twitter.com/M2uwRbDOsN
— Jukin Media (@JukinMedia) January 10, 2020
A channel will receive one strike against it if a copyright owner formally notifies YouTube of a copyright infringement. However, three strikes will subject the YouTube channel to possible termination.
MxR and Potastic Panda, the YouTubers who host the channel, say they received four copyright claims in the same bill from Jukin Media, although, Google hasn’t received a notification. MxR has a personal following of more than two million and their joint channel has 840,000 subscribers.
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