Copyright notice identifies the wrong song - should I report it?

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Copyright notice identifies the wrong song - should I report it? LeroySkibone 3/28/12 11:15 AM
I upload a lot of old dance/house songs that are mostly out of print.
I do not own any of these songs, nor do I claim to - and I don't collect any money from my channel.  The fact that most of them are tagged 'Matched third party content' certainly doesn't bother me.  If they are tagged and some money goes to the people who own the rights - fantastic!

It seems Youtube has updated their copyright notices and now instead of just listing the company who owns it - it lists the actual matching song.  Except some of these song matches are incorrect.

So should I click on 'copyright claim is not valid' to let them know that they have matched the song incorrectly?
Or could that cause trouble for me and my channel since someone might misinterpret that as me claiming ownership of the material?

Re: Copyright notice identifies the wrong song - should I report it? ebbixx 3/29/12 7:04 AM
Especially with anything that involves a lot of sampling/remixing (which I take it is almost always true of house music) the matches might well be valid. It's up to you to do your own research and assess the risks. Certainly there's no way to offer valid advice based on such a general description, and even with the details, you're probably going to be more informed than anyone likely to offer a random comment in this public forum. It's like walking into a public park and asking for legal advice from the first person you meet. 

At least now that YouTube is identifying the specific works that allegedly matched your content, though, it does give you the option to examine that work and assess why there might have been a match, as in this recent discussion with seems to coincide with a recent release from someone who seems to have used public domain samples that their representation is trying to assert now belong to that composer exclusively, rather than NASA, which funded the recordings and is required by law to release as public domain works, open, at least as I understand the law, for creative use and remixing by anyone.


Re: Copyright notice identifies the wrong song - should I report it? killer90tracks 8/18/12 7:33 PM
  ditto, whats worse is that the claim is made by a new company that owns the rights to a recent remix of a 20+ year old track and dont own the rights to the original, but youtubes brainless matching thingy finds small portions matchup and sends you the notice :-(
   i clicked copyright claim not valid, unfortunately there is then a list of options none of which are relevent for false claims. :-(
Re: Copyright notice identifies the wrong song - should I report it? markimatang 8/19/12 2:14 PM

“unfortunately there is then a list of options none of which are relevent for false claims. :-(“

Far be it from my limited knowledge to divine Google’s motive but I’ll guess anyway. If you do not have a right to use the material someone could claim it. If the wrong entity claims it then it is up to the rightful owner to dispute the claim. Since you ARE infringing you have no standing. (You could contact the rightful owner and point out the error but it is still the owners decision what action, if any, to take.)

Oh, and there’s always the fact that Google makes money on the false matches. Pecunia non olet.