YouTube is not the same place it was 15 years ago. It is convoluted with over 400 hours of video being uploaded to the site a minute. About 75% of creators have over a million subscribers.   The company has attracted the attention of tabloids and media as well as massive corporations looking to make a quick buck. Freedom of speech and the concept of fair use are constantly debated on the platform as the number of content ID and copyright claims rise.

Under the United States Copyright Doctrine, fair use is lawful, unlicensed use of copyrighted materials in transformative ways such as commentary, parodies, teaching, research, reviews and so on. When viewing works in a court of law, judges look at the purpose of using copyrighted material, how much is used and the effect the use will have on viewers. However, there is a major problem limiting the lack of free speech on YouTube: the ability for companies and corporations to file false content IDs on individual creator’s videos.

It doesn’t matter who they plow over, whose channel they delete, whose money they take, as long as they take the money,” he said when asked how YouTube could repair their broken content ID system.

Here’s what is happening on Youtube:  You get to do something called a dispute. What happens is it gets sent back to the person who gave you the copyright claim. You can dispute it, but they can say it’s ours because, well, it is. There’s nothing you can do about it. The problem is that the final decision usually rests in the company making the claim. Even if you provide valid proof their claim is false, they can deny it and you are virtually powerless to challenge it. It’s an easy cash grab. I’m not sure how it can be fixed unless fair use becomes more clearly defined by law, or if YouTube decides to review copyright claims themselves.  There’s no third party to say, ‘no, you’re wrong, this is fair use and this is their video.

Instagram has now officially launched its new Remix option for Reels, which enables Reels creators to add their own take to eligible Reels clips, which can help fuel content trends.  The option is almost exactly the same as TikTok’s ‘Duets’ option.

LinkedIn is now working on its own feature that works similarly to Clubhouse. A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed that the company has been working on its own live audio chat room feature, but the actual plans to release it to the public remain unknown.