May 4, 2021

Unlucky Number Thirteen

A YouTuber who goes by the name ‘Aquachigger’ has been posting videos on YouTube for 13 years, but has recently received a termination notice from YouTube due to a copyright dispute with an alleged infringer.

Aquachigger’s YouTube channel is about the lifestyle of the YouTuber. Over the course of the 13 year YouTube channel, Aquachigger has gained over a million subscribers. According to Aquachigger, he has received a notice of channel termination from YouTube which is due to take effect on 7 May 2021. He posted on Reddit that a YouTuber based in Saudi Arabia has uploaded two of his videos and made slight modifications to them without his authorisation. Auquachigger did not name the perpetrator, but did say that the videos have now received millions of views.

After becoming aware of the issue, Aquachigger made a complaint directly to YouTube to have the allegedly infringing videos removed on copyright infringement grounds. On receipt of the complaint, however, YouTube determined that Aquachigger’s complaint had been made fraudulently, and contrary to its policy. As a result, AquaChigger says that YouTube will disable his channel and account on 7 May 2021.

Is this is matter of a simple mistake by YouTube or a clear flaw in its policy and complaint procedure? We wait to see whether Aquachigger’s account survives its unlucky thirteenth year.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright

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