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

Tom Scott

Tom Scott

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    1. Tom Scott

      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. A Smith

        "42 minutes of video" - um, Tom, did you get rights to use "42" from Duglas Adams?

      2. Peggy Garberick

        I signed up but can't find your show :( Maybe it was the top 3 choices I picked? I don't know.

      3. Will Caine

        I'm so glad somebody addressed this, evenbetter that it's you Tom. I get so frustrated listening to some creators complain about things when they're completely in the wrong because their viewers will jump to their defence all the same.

      4. Ventus Pri

        IT was a good VIDEO

      5. The GoldenKeyboard

        It would've been so ironic if this video got copyright claimed XD

    2. Alexander Devenport

      Jay Foreman's cameo is so... Jay Foreman-y

    3. _ Unon _

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1697">28:17</a> top notch transition.

    4. Rohit Verma

      That sellout at the start

    5. Dan Littlejohn

      I'm sure you have a lot more to say but you sound too indignant. It hard to listen to. You talk AT me and i wont take it.

    6. howard baxter

      Then you got incidents like FatRat who had his own music copyright claimed.

    7. Neil Hessian

      Martin Lewis + John Oliver = Tom Scott

    8. Tonks

      To say that relying on a hit as retirement is bad planning is unfair to musicians. That's their job, if they make enough money to live off who are you to ask that it be taken from them?

      1. キルイ

        Relying on one single hit (or just a few hits) genuinely is bad financial planning, if a person is relying on their entire music career, that's different. It's just risky, even with the current system.

    9. xyz_omega

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="8">0:08</a> "the world's is" = "the world is is" Or Is that belongs to world Tom get some sleep

    10. Misky vf

      That Jay foreman appearence was suprising, but it's the good kind of surprise

    11. Manchineel

      This is hands down the best video I've ever seen on NOsel.

    12. Nick Suglobov

      I want to see this video demonetised for copyright reasons

      1. zijuiy wttuy

        So you feel as though there is a pronunciation difference between “disputes” as a verb and as a noun? 🤔 ummm...what?

    13. Angel Dust The Porn Star

      Sense never seemed to make sense to me, and not the sense you administer repeatedly, I fled to the hills to clear my mind, I couldn't swallow the pills I was prescribed. I read the news but it wasn't good, 'cause the bad guys won when the good guys should.

      1. zijuiy wttuy

        Was not prepared for the Legal Eagle crossover but I definitely appreciated it

    14. TheMullerClan

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1833">30:33</a> is what all the distancing is good for :)

    15. James Ray

      damnit, you can't ward off a Legal Eagle like that!

    16. BoxOfGod

      At this point communism sounds much much better despite obvious deficiencies.

    17. 666Maeglin

      Corporate shillery is insane in copyright law

    18. austingamer100

      Oh no Tom is a traitor. This is so sad, Alexa play Despacito.

    19. Dynamo Dalston

      Your amateur dramatics delivery is insufferable.

    20. srvfan42

      Not that anyone cares, but I feel that infringement should be determined in terms of the use of the copyrighted work infringing upon the rights holder's market. Entire Star Wars movie being barely reacted to on Twitch? Take em down. A lyric to a song being used to open a chapter of a book? Get bent, that doesn't hurt the sales of the original song in any way.

    21. das meisterlein


    22. Well It's The Big O

      If anyone could make a Star Wars movie... we would have got better movies.

    23. Greg Coyle

      British people b like yewchube

    24. Mc Icarus

      "Working at GIPHY " *Sweating*

    25. Swe-TV


    26. UndeadDog

      I’ve always thought 30 year is an ideal time length but I can definitely see the appeal of nostalgia cycles. 50 years sounds like a perfect length of copyright and I can only hope we get there someday even if work ends up getting grandfathered in and I never get to see it pay off.

    27. UndeadDog

      Was not prepared for the Legal Eagle crossover but I definitely appreciated it

    28. C. Ray

      So you feel as though there is a pronunciation difference between “disputes” as a verb and as a noun? 🤔 ummm...what?

    29. Wade Woodring

      Odd, I don't recall claiming or suing myself... Errors be in this video.

    30. XerxesTexasToast

      I use Pixsy to detect art theft. I haven't logged in in quite a while now, and I haven't sent any cease-and-desists, and I only use it for purely original stuff that goes on my portfolio.

    31. LegendCat 6

      Overall, great video with good ideas. But I definitely felt your bias bleed through with certain lines like "gamer babies" or saying they all feel "entitled". A bit agrressive there. You mentioned that Contented ID had two avenues that allow for potential abuse, I would of liked if you addressed solutions to those abuses, at least in the short term, beyond just rewriting the whe copyright system. In my opinion the content Id system should not allow the companies that issue the srikes also be the one to decide if they're correct when appealed

    32. The Sparkle Zone

      This is just outrageous misrepresentation of the facts and situation of copyright law. Prety much every sentence I hear on this is provably false. I'm sorry, but I can't watch any more, I'm up to <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="600">10:00</a>, and I'm done. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="570">9:30</a>: Not true. Not even close. Copyright assigns rectitude according the to scope of the copied work, and the damage done to the potential market. The scope of a person reacting to seconds of a copyrighted work is miniscule. The damage done to the potential market is literally nothing. It's not a 'blurry line', it's a four hundred and fifty metre by 8,000 kilometre line made of human blood. If you call that decision a 'nuanced' one, you're a damned liar. This video is terrible, and anyone who was involved in it's production is personally responsible to a degree for the creeping corruption slipping our democracies into corporation.

    33. The Sparkle Zone

      TL;DR: It's really hard to enforce the law as it's written so we've forced every ounce of the difficulty onto the users of NOsel and are siding with the corporations because they can sue us. Because Fascism makes life easier, so it must be right.

    34. Sergio Díaz Nila

      an ideal world would be a world without IP lawyers, they are the cancer of modern societies.

    35. Nudedragon

      I've watched now 3 minutes of this and I'm laughing at how ridiculous this is. You think we don't know that copyright is broken? Of course it's broken. But the reality is youtube's system is SILL WORSE than the already broken copyright system as a whole and the fact that there's NO REVIEW and these things can be done AUTOMATICALLY AND THERE'S ALSO NO LEGITIMATE RECOURSE makes the idea that the problem is with copyright law and not with youtuve's system absurd. Google is making too much money off of our content, literally billions too much, to say they can't afford a legal team to review this stuff. Even if that legal team cost them a billion a year, they would still be profiting, and all the work would be done by content creators and that legal team, plus the IT team. Notably, none of it's being done by the people who are actually getting our money.

    36. instinctual

      can you record yourself watching a full movie and constantly criticize it to make it fair use?

    37. menotu 000

      Sorry, the entire premise of the video is faulty. NOsel's copyright system IS faulty when it flags YOUR ORIGINAL MUSIC on YOUR CHANNEL in YOUR VIDEO. That is not working as intended... ie; broken. The only way to prevent demonetization on YOUR original content is to flag your own video containing your own content so it redirects the money back to you... that is an inherently broken system, unless you can argue (successfully) that is how NOsel intends it to work... which is doubtful.

    38. Toby Hendrikman

      So my alarm strikes in 5 instead of yt, but at least I feel like waking up smarter... maybe not well rested, but definitely with more knowledge

    39. W B

      All content used on NOsel should simply be classed as free advertising for the creator and the video using it should simply credit the original creator of said content used. Or go so far as anyone who's copyright material is used by someone has to pay the company using it advertising fees. Yep that works for me 👍😂

    40. holling harris

      the problem at the root of all of this is that it costs money to defend yourself in court

    41. Presshlen

      still no nebula for android :(

    42. The Werefrog

      What about that time that Family Guy put a NOselr's video on an episode. Just wholesale copy/paste of the video. Then, it had Peter Griffon say all the words that the youtuber said over the video. Then, after they did that, Fox claimed copyright against the original NOsel video?

    43. Lol

      Graffiti at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1777">29:37</a> belongs to me. I'm suing.

      1. seta_samuli

        cool graffiti dude

    44. Triki Achraf

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="2548">42:28</a> of time , i didn't make that into account .. but good job well done!

    45. Matthew Reichlin

      Interesting idea. I would say maybe 50 years expiration, with 20 year renewal option if by the original producer of the music or other content. then again, people need to use inventions, or maybe could argue that they would have invented it themselves, so a patent limit is not unreasonable. But no one needs to use a work of art, music, etc.

    46. Michael Wade

      Alternate title: World's Greatest Bodger on Why Bodging Is Not a Viable Long Term Solution

    47. Knocz

      We need to end all copyright laws

    48. GameFlexx

      Legaleagle part is gold

    49. AC3

      What gets me the most, is that there will be people out there, who's entire life's work, from graduation to grave, will be to defend, and extend, Disney corporation's hold, on JUST the mouse. they will produce NO actual original works in their lifetime, except briefs of the court and copyright claims.

    50. bofooit gojo

      Like with most things...copyrights are about money. The answer to every argument is "....because money."

    51. 3DDAN

      i agree with some points here but im sorry automated legal action sounds alot like guilty until proven innocent if you get the chance to prove innocents.

      1. bofooit gojo

        13:16 for the funny stock images

    52. HammerspaceCreature

      Can't it be both?

    53. Benjerman Kulandaisamy

      I don't think people should be able to rely on one piece of work to fund their entire life it makes them complacent and Innovation and possible

    54. K N

      I wonder what Tom would think of Adam Neely's Joyful Noise Dark Horse debacle

    55. Luke McDuke

      I cant believe you got so many professional adults to act like that

    56. MrMarukas86

      What about Martha and vandelas heatwave i still like that song frrom 1963

    57. Fullmetal Transhumanist

      I strongly disagree. I want my children to benefit from my music.

    58. A Very Disappointed Red Engineer

      So, in short. The system seems broken because the copyright holders are actually using their rights instead of letting it slide like they have for a while now.

    59. aychristianx

      I can’t believe I sat through this entirely. I am so glad I did. ❤️ thanks for this!

    60. David Fregoli

      Papa Bless

    61. Kristen Mork

      We need to overhaul copyright, Tom says, in trivial ways that preserve the bulk of the status quo.

    62. that_marc_guy

      Leo Moracchioli (Frogleap) would be screwed.

    63. Arsya Utomo

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="929">15:29</a> @

    64. q0w1e2r3t4y5

      Eckhart's Ladder is another one.

    65. Oliver Pazio

      what an awesome video, as always... i'm gonna use this on my channel.. thanks!

    66. Eddy H

      copyright system is outdated and shouldn't exist in digital world. patent and trademark only. also patent needs to be very very unique to be legally granted. Copyright system and idea are broken altogether in the modern world. Copyright is highly tied to natural human expression and social media unite people all over the world. They are bound to have simillarities or even exact copies of stuff. Copyright mess is creating unneccesary stress nowadays. Imagine this scenario 10 people happen to do very very simillar dancing moves in the whole world. how would that work? what about codes...coding is a branch of mathemathics and people tend solve things the same way...then how? you see...its a mess

    67. BiskviLover 3096

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="796">13:16</a> for the funny stock images

    68. Kwasmo

      I might be the only one that actually knows the legal eagle here

    69. Thomas Philip

      Ermmm between <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1394">23:14</a>-<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1697">28:17</a> you used my artwork in the background without criticism or review. I'm going to sue you.

    70. garfieldt

      This video. I like it. Another!

    71. EK X

      Why wasn't I already subscribennedt?

    72. tomix1024

      Aaand it happened again xD

    73. Gavin Dodd

      The screaming lawyer is Beardyman's brother.

    74. Mr. Lalnon

      Tom Scott is now BreadTube it's official.

    75. Raspace


    76. HrrrPenny

      SOME OF THEM ARE EMOTICONS, DAMMIT! ... and wingdings.

    77. Magnus Holmgren

      Keep in mind that copyright is fundamentally a form of monopoly right and a restriction of your freedom to use your possessions as you want. As such, copyright should be reduced to the absolute minimum level needed to achieve its purpose.

    78. metaleggman18

      You'd probably have to do something smarter, in terms of public domain. Like, 20 years, and you can freely cover it, transform it, react to it, whatever. If you want to distribute it for free, 50 years. Anything meant for archival purposes can be done given for free. If you want to charge someone to get it, 70 years, or the death of the artist, whichever is longer. Some staggered like that, would probably make sense.

    79. Kaiko Noyen

      So, how do we fix it? All CEO's of big companies get shot in the head, All their shareholders will be burned at the stake, We remove anyone with any legislative power in the world from their office, And the people will write new laws?

    80. Kaiko Noyen

      Okay okay okay so, you keep bringing up how most people can't afford to go to court for this because lawyers are so expensive. So.... Why aren't lawyers just free?

      1. seta_samuli

        I guess lawyers need to get paid to pay rent and buy food so they can live