About a week ago, frequent contributor WillCollection wrote a brief history of YouTube‘s ever-changing monetary policy.  He gave pretty comprehensive timeline of the issue and showed both sides of the issue as to what led to each change.

But one of the things that he kind of had to lead to the side (otherwise the piece would have been 20 pages long) are the very longstanding problems that content creators have with the YouTube Content ID system.  Yes; some of that has to do with monetization, but an even large part of it has to do with just how much large media companies are willing to allow critical speech about their brands on a site that their ads partially sponsor.  Jeremy Jahns has spoken about this in the past and the entire What The Fair Use movement was based around it, but the new monetary issues have temporarily supplanted those concerns.  Still it is a major issue that is going to rear its head again (like in combination with the new monetization rules) soon and the outcry is going to be a lot louder and a lot more sustained because, if you look at the dates between the complaints linked in this paragraph, YouTube seems to have no desire to fix it.

Honestly, this is something you probably want to familiarize yourself with if you ever want to put any kind of material on YouTube that isn’t 100% produced by you.  That means if you are interested in a gaming channel, a new channel, a gossip channel, or anything that might require use of other people’s intellectual property either for better context or for general education purposes, you are likely to run into this problem…especially if you have less than a million subscribers.

The best way to get a comprehensive list of all the issues is to go to someone who is going through the ringer right now and is weighing their options.  Allow us to introduce you to GeekyGlassesTV.  A relatively small channel run for fun, GeekyGlassesTV does movie humorous but substantive movie reviews consisting primarily of his voiceover and images from the trailers of the movie in question (usually the same 30 seconds of cycling footage, putting him well within his rights as far as Fair Use is concerned).  In this video meant to explain to his subscribers why the content he promised them had yet to be delivered, he outlines the current problems he is having with the Content ID system, the many holes that he has fallen into in asserting his rights, and the consequences for him should he receive too many copyright strikes on his channel.