So, as some of you might have heard, the battle between content creators on Youtube and "copyright holders" (in quotes for a reason), while having been a contentious issue for a long time, is starting to come to a serious head. Because of Youtube's frankly archaic system, copyright holders, or even people purporting to be copyright holders, can hit videos with takedowns with no fear of repercussion regardless if the takedown has any merit to it whatsoever. The onus is completely on the content creator to fight the strike, which requires them to disclose several pieces of personal information. This video explains more than I can: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVqFAMOtwaI This was posted by Doug Walker, the Nostalgia Critic. In it, he makes a number of comments that indicate, certainly to me, how f'ed up Youtube's system is. Not that I didn't have somewhat of an understanding about it; I don't follow Walker or Channel Awesome, but I do follow Jim Sterling, who has made it crystal clear in the past how bad the situation is, which culminated in his latest video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9mTOq6mP2I Just yesterday, Team Four Star, whose YT channel has over two million subscribers, was terminated due to alleged copyright infringement. And from what I was reading, it was from a video that was indisputably under fair use. The channel has since been restored, but that requires time and effort that quite simply shouldn't be necessary. And for those who don't want to look at the aforementioned videos, here's the gist of the problem: there are certain circumstances that one can use copyrighted material without permission from the rights holder. These exceptions to copyright include such things as criticism and parody. Now, legitimate copyright infringement is obviously bad and should be stopped. But in the cases I'm referencing, that's not what's happening. Companies can take down or content ID (which allows that company to take the ad revenue for the video) videos for almost any reason, with no effort, and the video creator has to then jump through hoops to fight it. Quite frankly, it's a load of BS. It's been clear for a while that IP law in the US needs a serious overhaul, because there's too many trouser stain companies who will throw infringement at anything they can get it to stick to. And of course Youtube won't do anything about it because they're too buddy-buddy with the aforementioned companies. Regardless of what you generally think of the two personalities whose videos I've posted, I don't really think you can dispute their points here. And there's plenty of other internet personalizes joining the cause. So, to do my part, Where's The Fair Use?