DMCA Horror Stories

Justin Bieber: not a Belieber in Free Speech

By The Fassa

“I made a video criticising the Justin Bieber movie ‘Believe’ (Negatively, of course), and (according to the response I got) Bieber HIMSELF apparently took down the video.”

“…I decided not to delete the video, since I knew that whatever parts I deleted wouldn’t be enough. To this day, it’s the only copyright claimer that I couldn’t deal with. It leads me to another thing that bothers me about the YouTube copyright system: You’re constantly left at the mercy of the claimer. To this day Bieber continues to get some small revenue off my video. And since I’m a small YouTuber, there’s no way that I got to speak with the people there. It’s simply ridiculous.”

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