YouTube's Copyright System Isn't Broken. The World's Is.

Tom Scott
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  1. Tom Scott
    Tom Scott
    25 dögum síðan

    Yep, 42 minutes of video. This was a big project. Plus: I've got an all-new five-part original series called Money over on Nebula, which you can watch as a bundle with CuriosityStream!

    1. Jimothy Turtle
      Jimothy Turtle
      Degi Síðan síðan

      Hiya, just FYI, it's actually pronounced, 'Norse Korea' 😉❤️

    2. Jimothy Turtle
      Jimothy Turtle
      Degi Síðan síðan

      Hiya, just FYI, it's actually pronounced, 'Norse Korea' 😉❤️

    3. Jimothy Turtle
      Jimothy Turtle
      Degi Síðan síðan

      @Ivan Nava Hiya, just FYI, it's actually pronounced, 'Norse Korea' 😉❤️

    4. Gabriel Gonzalez
      Gabriel Gonzalez
      Degi Síðan síðan

      your content has gotten so much better in a very quick amount of time. for the past 2 years i've been really entertained and educated by your content. But this is video is entirely different.

    5. hoylemd
      2 dögum síðan

      This video is amazing! I almost said incredible, but that's the opposite of true.

  2. Sandwich
    Klukkustund síðan

    Giraffe, gin, gist, giant, gigantic, ginseng ... I can start a company called “gisted” with a hard G, but it doesn’t mean that I redefine how gist is pronounced. Should have had a soft g when you said gif, had to sorry. 😉

  3. Sandwich
    Klukkustund síðan

    Giraffe, gin, gist, giant, gigantic, ginseng ... I can start a company called “gisted” with a hard G, but it doesn’t mean that I redefine how gist is pronounced. Should have had a soft g when you said gif, had to sorry. 😉

  4. Mikayel
    3 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1900">31:40</a> I LOOOOVE how Americans criticise article 13 in EU but this is currently going through their government Ok Karen

  5. ComicSansMcGee
    3 klukkustundum síðan

    End Copyright

  6. Paul Faulkner
    Paul Faulkner
    4 klukkustundum síðan

    I let it roll

  7. MaxiR4k
    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Now... I understand... Very thanks.

  8. Xiao Gao
    Xiao Gao
    5 klukkustundum síðan

    So out of curiosity did you get a copyright strike against this video?

  9. Chris CR
    Chris CR
    5 klukkustundum síðan

    I swear to you. You'll get a copyright claim. You used so much copyrighted content. They wont even care how you used that content

  10. Ants Aasma
    Ants Aasma
    5 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2183">36:23</a> - Saul Williams files a DMCA takedown.

    1. Ask to seduce Miss
      Ask to seduce Miss
      5 klukkustundum síðan

      Some of these stuff make you happy living on 3d world country .

  11. Nintenloup Wolf (FR)
    Nintenloup Wolf (FR)
    6 klukkustundum síðan

    How can you look so old and so young at the same time ?

    1. Pentameron
      2 klukkustundum síðan

      @Nintenloup Wolf (FR) Maybe the stress that goes into dealing with those companies?

    2. Nintenloup Wolf (FR)
      Nintenloup Wolf (FR)
      5 klukkustundum síðan

      @Ask to seduce Miss and what does it have to do with what I say ?

    3. Ask to seduce Miss
      Ask to seduce Miss
      5 klukkustundum síðan

      The big media companies are the enemy of the people.

  12. Rc Rascal
    Rc Rascal
    6 klukkustundum síðan

    this is very true

  13. Elliot Alderson
    Elliot Alderson
    6 klukkustundum síðan

    That legaleagle cameo

  14. Vtmgll
    6 klukkustundum síðan

    I've always had a very unpopular opinion, and I feel that now is the perfect moment to share it. in this internet era, anything that holds ENTERTAINMENT value, in any shape of form should be free! "but how would people make money?" you ask.. well, social media already answer that. you produce something and share online, if you're popular enought people are going to sponsor you. wich also open doors for more creative oriented works of art. half people in evey comment section have a profile picture of something they didn't do or pay for, wich IS piracy.

  15. Konrad Łuszcz
    Konrad Łuszcz
    6 klukkustundum síðan

    It really reminds me of Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig - just google it.

  16. Luke Landis
    Luke Landis
    6 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="712">11:52</a> Hey! Legal Eagle Cameo!

  17. Scientist X
    Scientist X
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    You got LegalEagle to do that skit LMAO

  18. Big Boss
    Big Boss
    7 klukkustundum síðan


  19. Joshua
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Wonder what happens when Mickey Mouse falls Into the public domain

  20. József Pohl
    József Pohl
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Filmed some buildings, architects should claim the copyright too

  21. Raptorthumbs
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    I have been summoned by peppy

  22. neptune
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    Why is it recommended to me *just* now

  23. Heinz Harald
    Heinz Harald
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="911">15:11</a> i have to try hard to follow you as a non native english speaker XD

  24. Waggsmith YTP
    Waggsmith YTP
    7 klukkustundum síðan

    I’m sure Nintendo is most infamous for this.

  25. Kevin Yeoh
    Kevin Yeoh
    8 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2090">34:50</a> one of the reasons why more money goes into the music industry than finding the cure for cancer.

  26. Kevin Yeoh
    Kevin Yeoh
    8 klukkustundum síðan

    The big media companies are the enemy of the people.

  27. ArduinoGuru
    8 klukkustundum síðan

    Some of these stuff make you happy living on 3d world country .

  28. Paul Marostica
    Paul Marostica
    8 klukkustundum síðan

    To Tom Scott: Excellent video. How about theory inventors? They can't legally patent, although there is no logical reason why they couldn't, and it is generally assumed they can only give away their inventions. If you're suggesting improvements to the system, remember theorists have always been barred from the system. They should be able to profit from their creations too. (I've independently invented a unifying theory which will easily replace all professionally used physics theories, and I am seeking a funding partner. If theorists were allowed to patent, schools would already be teaching my theory, and everyone worldwide would already be benefitting from it. Search keywords: matter theory marostica.)

  29. Boomer Tiro
    Boomer Tiro
    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Lets be honest, if a third party can claim ownership of something that does not belong to them because they paid to have a bot copyright claim bomb videos than something is very, very wrong. The owners of content should have to manually make the claims. From THERE we can talk about how broken the copyright system is in the rest of the world, but right now the copyright system of the world doesn't actually apply to youtube. Nowhere else can people have legal action brought against them by an automated system with no legal connection to its claims.

  30. Melvin
    9 klukkustundum síðan

    Quick question though... How do you let these copyright bots know you have a license? For example, how does the ISpulse Copyright ID (I think it's called that right?) know that you have a license or that you used the material fairly?

  31. Dregunburn
    9 klukkustundum síðan

    gif isint a short video format but an animated picture format!!! know the differance between saving the changes on a single image in a specific file format versus actual framed video formats!!!

  32. Tuesday's Creations
    Tuesday's Creations
    9 klukkustundum síðan

    I too am annoyed by Maroon 5's "Memories".

  33. frogmanjordan
    9 klukkustundum síðan

    This really needs to be shared throughout ISpulse

  34. gamer0unreleased
    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Amen! 50 years. For absolutely everything

  35. Leviathan's Iris
    Leviathan's Iris
    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Long story short, Capitalism sucks, money makes people suck, We can't have fun because those people suck......

  36. Sean Kuhn
    Sean Kuhn
    11 klukkustundum síðan

    As far as video games, you gave examples of games most people don't play anyway. I watched Jack and Pewds play numerous games that I would never play myself and when they do play a game I'm interested in, I'm more likely to buy it

  37. J R
    J R
    11 klukkustundum síðan


  38. Jonathan Schmidt
    Jonathan Schmidt
    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Yogscast has had to settle a suit for all but one of their parody songs. Songs about Minecraft used the music, and they got confronted. Unfortunate but life.

  39. maxgotsmart
    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Check out Stephan Kinsella. IP Lawyer who makes a compelling case that IP should be completely abolished.

  40. Nicolas Heintz
    Nicolas Heintz
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    A conversation between Tom and Matpat from Game/Film Theory could be interesting...

  41. Eldnsay
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    I really appreciate this cornucopia of information about copyright law. Thank you for making this video!

  42. Ethan Sullivan
    Ethan Sullivan
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    I have a question that might've been answered in the video, I just wasn't paying attention at that second or forgot. Or it's common sense. But it seems that your points all seem to be around money. Earning revenue from using this content. What if I did so without earning revenue? A small channel starting out and I don't actually make money off of the content, it's just their? Would it still fall under fair use to due the lack of gain, or could they still may a copyright claim?

    1. Commodus
      12 klukkustundum síðan

      Though the financial aspect is key, not making a profit from it is not a right to use it. It simply makes the companies involved less likely to go after you for it, but considering game companies going after fan projects, that's not a clear cut right even still. If you aren't making money from the use of music you don't own, you're still infringing the copyright and your video can be attacked for it. If it is not in any way a transformative use and you're simply using it to use it, don't expect any leniency should you get in trouble over it. There is ambiguity and the problem can become far more tricky, but not for your example.

  43. Sfs Aviation
    Sfs Aviation
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    im not stupid, your all stupid!

  44. Paulo Jose Castro
    Paulo Jose Castro
    12 klukkustundum síðan

    laws and ambiguity do not work together, its sided to ones benefits

  45. fat thar
    fat thar
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    how are you sitting between two chairs

  46. Brain Freeze
    Brain Freeze
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom, Tom, Tom... I love your stuff, but 42 minutes? But more seriously, I think you missed a major point: copyright, should not be able to be transferred, full-stop! That way if you created something, it exists with you, until yo die, plus X years. Corporations... well, for them, it’s X years since creation!

  47. Rest Relax
    Rest Relax
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Copyright is dumb. Then again, I barely believe in ownership so I’m probably the wrong guy to say. Some even speculated that you don’t even own your life

  48. ArmouredAlmond
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    This is probably the only time I've seen a video that is this long but isn't a video about some knowledge that I need in my career or a music video.

  49. Cappugino's
    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Was that a Pikachu plush in the bedroom? THAT'S PRODUCT PLACEMENT! YOU DIDN'T WARN ME AT THE START, TOM!!

  50. Mykill Mielia
    Mykill Mielia
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="660">11:00</a> aaand finally stopped after too much pointless rambling

  51. PK Pancakes
    PK Pancakes
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    Are we just gonna ignore the fact that starting at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1339">22:19</a> he’s in Evin Edinger’s bedroom?

  52. instant regret
    instant regret
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    A movie about a small-time vlogger fighting a team of lawyers for his passion project video would be a cool underdog story

  53. aWildTomAppeared
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    so is it the world's or youtube's that if you have a few seconds of a song in your video they get all of the money instead of just a proportional amount of revenue based on the watch time of those few seconds??? would it be legal for youtube to give copyright claims out like this?

  54. Rayan Zahrani
    Rayan Zahrani
    14 klukkustundum síðan

    It's took the world 7800 years to get a decent functional judicial system, We just live in such a privilege that we forget that for most of human history broken and biased was the default for most institutions.

  55. Alex Salter
    Alex Salter
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    Possibly the greatest video on ISpulse. Everyone should see this. Ima post a reaction video so more people see this great content.

  56. SquidsTv
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    We definitely need a revolution in copyright law. Yet i feel so powerless... what can we do? Raise awareness, and give suggestions... Anyways, Thanks for making this video and doing exactly that.

  57. Cornelium
    15 klukkustundum síðan

    xQc's on suicide watch rn

  58. Just Mavi
    Just Mavi
    16 klukkustundum síðan

    One take !

  59. rayvids
    17 klukkustundum síðan


  60. Geo
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    ISpulse's Copyright System Isn't Broken Recommend for you what are you trying to say ISpulse?

  61. Katie Quirk
    Katie Quirk
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    What about doctor who 😔

  62. Alon Ben Dov
    Alon Ben Dov
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    Best channel. thanks

  63. matt ashley
    matt ashley
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    “The video gets copyrighted”

  64. Masterpj555
    17 klukkustundum síðan

    copyright law needs loosening and a lot of change.. with music a lot of things can be considered a remix... and with more things being made and restricted ... the freedom of creavity and innovation is also restricted.. time for change.

  65. JamesThereNowWhat?
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    That was the map men dude. Best cameo ever.

  66. Rhids
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    In my opinion, at the very most copyright should only last until death of the creator and no longer, and only be able to be passed on to living relatives if the copyright is within 20 years of creation.

  67. Dark GT
    Dark GT
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    - <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="286">4:46</a> while true, the copyright system can't always distinguish between different recordings of same public domain work. - <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1036">17:16</a> not so wide, if you happen to upload game footage at day 0 of the launch you will get copyright claims. Also companies like Konami and Nintendo abuse their copyright rights to claim everything their own. - <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2160">36:00</a> There is big issue about the public domain, big studios like Disney find a way to change the law in their benefits, or public domain of a movies when the characters turn into iconic only know to appear as they are in that particular movie, so nobody can't make a movie from the book for the Frankenstein, because the look of the character is copyrighted. The law is shaped to match the interest of the big companies.

  68. JI Rony
    JI Rony
    18 klukkustundum síðan

    This is why I pirate movies and musics from big companies.

  69. TehKazlehoff
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2280">38:00</a> one workaround for this would be grandfathering. if you made one song in 65 that made you a ton of money, its good for the lifetime. then public.

  70. Abundant Videos
    Abundant Videos
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    What about for the purposes of teaching? And what about explanation of the medium/artwork without actually criticizing the medium at hand?

  71. Andy Gilleand
    Andy Gilleand
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    I would suggest one more change: Licenses should be priced relative to the expected target audience size. The smaller the creator's audience is, the smaller fee they would need to pay to properly license the copyrighted content. This is the biggest hurdle right now for people who want to use that content legitimately. Thankfully, I have seen some companies doing this, such as lickd, which was designed specifically with youtubers in mind. Hopefully more companies join this mindset, and hopefully the law gets modified to make this a requirement. Honestly, I'd argue that if an audience is small enough, there shouldn't be a fee.

  72. aycc-nbh72
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    I think that one of the problems is that the US and UK both use intentionally vague language in their statutes, meaning that contracts must be long and complex, as the English Common Law legal system allows for statutes to be overturned or altered by judges. What they COULD do is move over to the Roman Civil Law system that’s used in Continental Europe and have highly detailed language in the statute, with simpler contracts. The downside, however, is that the “innocent until proven guilty” standard in criminal cases gets flip-flopped, so doing this would uproot one of the US’s core national values.

  73. lazarusledd91
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    i love how his alternate name is actually Scom Tott

  74. Satrio Arif
    Satrio Arif
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    that one screaming lawyer, i felt his emotion deep inside me when the deadlines creeps in and someone give me a call

  75. khawar ashfaq
    khawar ashfaq
    19 klukkustundum síðan

    this video was informative i did not have any idea about the copyright law thanx

  76. Anson Thai
    Anson Thai
    20 klukkustundum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1010">16:50</a> Giphy: *nervous sweating*

  77. Kameron Briggs
    Kameron Briggs
    21 klukkustund síðan

    just be smart.

  78. Khanh Phạm
    Khanh Phạm
    22 klukkustundum síðan

    This is a very good presentation about a view from the other side of the copyright argument. I love my creators but just blaming youtube for the strikes is not fair. They do what they can, they are still trying to fix the system but people put them in the same light as the greedy big music companies just show how people don’t look at this problems from all perspectives.

  79. Jonathan_407
    22 klukkustundum síðan

    Tom Scott: The copyright system isn’t broken. Onision: Observe.

  80. David Hembrow
    David Hembrow
    22 klukkustundum síðan

    Not fundamentally broken? I've had hundreds of copyright claims for videos with SILENT soundtracks. How can there be a match between any music at all and complete silence? This is obviously not possible so yea the system is definitely fundamentally broken.

    1. Commodus
      12 klukkustundum síðan

      The intent that the approach is trying to solve is the problem behind what ISpulse is doing. If you could work that sentence, that is the key. They aren't doing it for no reason. The problem, however, is how they're going about it in addition to what they're trying to accommodate, and there you have a rather sticky mess.

    2. David Hembrow
      David Hembrow
      22 klukkustundum síðan

      And by silent I really do mean silent. I.e. every single sample in the soundtrack has the same value. There is nothing to be heard. Yet every week there are new claims against these old videos.