There are three Constants of life: death, taxes, and “Loffy Hip Hop Radio – Beats for Relaxing / Study“YouTube stream.That is, until YouTube accidentally hits Rophie Girl Take your beloved stream offline for the first time in over two years on a channel with the DMCA removed.
With over 668 million views, this stream was one of YouTube’s most popular places to listen to soothing music while studying or working. Listeners sometimes used stream live chat, like anonymized distant research groups, to take breaks and remind each other to drink water. So fans were worried when the stream suddenly stopped.
YouTube is full of hours of soothing music streams, but the live nature of the “Lophie Hip Hop Radio” stream makes it stand out.To YouTube streamCurrently delivering the message “Recording of this live stream is not available”. Top comment “I hope it’s not over yet, but this stream is legally a very important part of YouTube culture.”
That’s true. Beyond YouTube, Lofi Girl lives in a spin-off community that includes the 30,000-member r / Lofi Girl subreddit and the 700,000-member Lofi Girl Discord. An animation that accompanies a live stream 24/7 — an image of a Studio Ghibli-inspired girl wearing headphones and studying while a cat stares out the window at the cityscape. CosplayDuplicate by Will Smith And recreate Cartoon Network YouTube Channel With the character of “Steven Universe”.
Yesterday, Lofi Girl mentioned the sudden deletion in a tweet, stating that “Lofi radio was deleted on suspicion of false copyright infringement.”In response, Rophie Girl fans circulated the tags. #BringBackLofiGirl To get the attention of YouTube. Some even went to spam and troll FMC Music, a Malaysian label allegedly allegedly fake copyright infringement. Fan art..
Lofi Girl told TechCrunch that all the music on the channel was released on record label Lofi Records, so they have the necessary rights to share it. Lofi Girl has the proper rights to music, so YouTube has an account Not in violation Of copyright law. The platform responded to Lofi Girl on Twitter on Monday, stating that the missing live stream video should be restored within 24-48 hours.
TechCrunch contacted YouTube for comment and a spokesperson made us a company Existing response Become a Lofi Girl on Twitter.
If Past precedents Sure, the next stream of Lofi Girl should start over, not as a continuation of the existing two-year stream. In 2020, the channel faced a similar problem when the 13,000-hour stream ended due to an accidental outage.In that case, YouTube also Owned To that mistake and revived the account, but the same problem apparently came back.
“This event sheds light on the fundamental issues of the platform. It’s 2022. There are countless small creators, many of whom participate in this discussion, video and livestream. Both are attacked daily by these false claims. ”Rophie Girl Tweet..
In a reply to YouTube’s Lofi Girl today, the company stated that the removal request was “abuseful.” In other words, it was used as an attack on the channel, not because of real concerns about copyright infringement. This behavior is very common, but the platform has a hard time determining when these reports are legitimate and unfounded.
“Unfortunately, I’m not entirely sure why FMC complained,” Lofi Girl told TechCrunch in a Twitter message.
Impact on creators
In some cases, the removal of these malicious DMCAs can be extreme.
In March, many YouTube streamers playing Destiny said they Piracy strike. Even affected by some videos from Destiny developer Bungie, Bungie made the problem weird by ensuring that fans weren’t behind these actions.
After all, YouTuber, called “Lord Nazo,” created a Gmail account impersonating Bungie’s rights management company and filed 96 fraudulent complaints against the well-known Destiny YouTuber.Bungee last month Sue YouTuber for $ 7.6 millionThey said he wanted to set an example.
Copyright law can be ambiguous, especially in emerging digital media, but video game streams are usually considered. “Fair use” Because the work is transformative. “YouTube video is”The whole Bee movie, but every time I say Bee, it speeds up by 15%.Will bring about change. That’s probably why videos in this genre continue to be popular online. After all, the parody of that “Bee Movie” in particular is only about 5 minutes long compared to a 90-minute movie.
The case of Bungie and “Lord Nazo” amplifies what YouTube fans have known for a long time. The DMCA system is not easily available. Unauthorized removal is especially problematic when using revenue for online creators who rely on YouTube advertising revenue. Instagram creators are also so-called influenced “Prohibition as a service” fraudA malicious person reports a lot of someone and charges money to accidentally delete the account.
Startup like notch As a pioneer in the insurance industry for online creators, they tried to offer daily payments in case their account became inaccessible, but now their service is only for hacking and not for false bans. Not as. As a result, creators have little way to protect themselves in the event of an illegal deletion or ban.One of the popular VTuber CodeMiko Said she has nightmare About the prohibition from Twitch.
Perhaps because Lofi Girl is so symbolic, users behind the channel could get a reply from YouTube right after tweeting about the issue. But for small creators, this can be a seemingly impossible outcome.
“I was shocked and disappointed that protection against these false allegations and manual reviews had not yet taken place,” Lofi Girl wrote. twitter.. “In the end, it was completely out of our control. The sad part is that there was no way to sue / prevent it from happening in advance.”
Fortunately, Lofi Girl immediately returns to her desk, writes notes with an orange cat and reliable headphones, and listens to cold beats.