giovedì 9 novembre 2017

Another bogus copyright claim; I’ve had enough. Goodbye, Youtube

This morning Youtube sent me another automatically generated “copyright claim” on a half-minute portion of Moonscape.

Video title: Moonscape part 7 - Samples and Photos v1.0 (English) 720p
Copyrighted content: No Function (Scott Fraser Surface Pressure Mix)
Claimed by: [Merlin] aboveboarddist

The “content” is just Neil and Buzz talking with Mission Control while they’re on the Moon. No music, no sound effects; just voices from the original NASA recordings.

As a consequence of this bogus claim, the alleged “copyright owner” is now monetizing Moonscape. In other words, making money off my work, which I offer for free.

This is not the first time. I’ve had at least six Youtube copyright claims against Moonscape, and all were retracted after I disputed them.

Once again, I am disputing the bogus claim by following the steps detailed here: I stated that the material is the public domain or unsuitable for copyright protection. I then added the following explanation for disputing the claim:

The disputed material is a NASA recording of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and as such is NOT copyrighted, as stated in NASA's copyright rules at The claimant appears to be claiming copyright on US government property.

Youtube now says “Your copyright dispute is currently being reviewed by the copyright owner. You'll receive a response within 30 days from when you filed the dispute.”

I’ll update this post when I receive Youtube’s response. I will then delete all my copies of Moonscape from Youtube (I‘ve just finished deleting every one except the one in dispute).

I’ve had enough of this time-wasting hassle. Moonscape is now hosted on Vimeo and can be viewed here.

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