An Australian musician and university lecturer has been hit with automated copyright claims on a YouTube video of white noise that he created in 2015, TorrentFreak reported.
Sebastian Tomczak said that he created the video featuring 10 hours of low level white noise using Audacity and ScreenFlow. He then uploaded it to YouTube on 22 July 2015.
“The white noise video was part of a number of videos I put online at the time. I was interested in listening to continuous sounds of various types, and how our perception of these kinds of sounds and our attention changes over longer periods – e.g. distracted, focused, sleeping, waking, working etc,” Tomczak told TorrentFreak.
On the morning of 5 January 2018, Tomczak said he received five separate copyright claims on the video from four different copyright holders.
The copyright holders monetised the video for themselves, which means Tomczak’s account was not disabled by the influx of copyright strikes against him, but he also no longer earns revenue from the video.
Tomczak is one among many YouTube creators who have highlighted the flaws that remain in YouTube’s automated copyright claim system, which lets third-parties monetise or censor content which creators argue they should not be able to.