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YouTube Gives Creators More Control Over Copyright Claim Disputes

YouTube’s recent Studio update is providing creators with an easier way to deal with copyright claim disputes. The new update lets creators address copyright disputes directly from their digital back-end workspace and give them the option to trim out the claimed content in question.

The “Assisted Trim” option is the biggest feature rolling out with the update, with the “endpoints of the edit pre-set to where the claimed content appears in the video.” The company’s team is working to allow adjustable endpoints so creators can cut out the specific portion of their video that makes the most sense, but that isn’t available just yet.

Copyright disputes between creators and music labels or third-party companies are a persistent problem on YouTube. The company has tried to work with different companies to ensure that creators aren’t constantly facing copyright claims, but it’s been a tedious battle. Earlier this year, creators specifically called out groups like Universal Music for being overzealous with copyright claims.

YouTube rolled out a new policy update in July addressing concerns, noting that copyright owners like Universal now must state exactly where copyrighted material appears in a video, something they didn’t have to do before.

Creators can also filter through their video feeds in Studio to specifically see which videos were hit with copyright claims much more easily. In an effort to be more transparent, the YouTube team is also showing copyright strikes, which are different and far more severe than copyright claims, directly on their Studio Dashboard.