YouTube creators and Twitch streamers perform horrible a capella covers of popular songs in fun attempts to circumvent YouTube's widely-publicized strike system on copyright.
In recent months, YouTube creators have had problems with copyrights when creating TikTok reaction videos, where they collect cricket TikTok clips and either react or comment on them. But these TikTok movies contain the music of artists signed for labels like Sony and Warner, and these labels will issue copyright claims, preventing creators from earning money on their films.
To get around this problem, creators like Danny Gonzalez and Kurtis Conner began to replace music with their own singing. Gonzalez and Conner singlessly sing songs like "In The End" by Linkin Park and "Believer" by Imagine Dragons, while the corresponding TikTok video is played on the screen. Both creators explain in their films why they sing, and do not play music, and Conner jokes: "I think it makes it better." It's a bit painful to hear, but ultimately a very funny loophole in the copyright system that YouTube must enforce.
The traffic effectively allows you to earn money from their videos that previously could not be monetized due to copyright infringement. We hope that the major labels, such as Sony Music or the Warner Music Group, will not be able to claim copyright infringement, or at least that the singing will not trigger an automatic YouTube system to search for content protected by copyright.
For years, YouTube creators have been dealing with overzealous copyright violations and redress, triggering debates about fair use and monetization. If the owner of the copyrighted content issues a notice about the removal or claiming that the video infringes their copyright, then YouTube must act. This may mean breaking the video or sending money from the ads to the copyright owner, not the creator of the video.
Films that respond to TikTok are an interesting example of how YouTube's copyright works – and why creators are so frustrated. TikTok movies contain less than 10 seconds of music, but it can still be enough to get a copyright claim – on TikTok the music itself is licensed from the label.
The problem is that YouTube creators are trying to make money from content that they did not create. They do not cooperate with Sony or Warner Music, just like TikTok. Reactive videos form a huge part of the current YouTube culture; people pick up popular movie trailers and film their reactions to what's happening on the screen. These videos usually generate revenue.
"I have removed music belonging to the Warner music group, because I do not intend to use their music unjustly," wrote the creator of Holo FX in the description of the TikTok video compilation. "I'm not saying that I'm the owner of any music played. We simply dance to it and use the TikTok application to create it. "
The work of Gonzalez and Conner does not work only for TikTok. Game developers and streamers have taken the same gap to get copyrighted songs outside the YouTube content identification system. In the example below, the creator of The Apekz sings "Let It Go" from Frozen to provide his video about Kingdom Hearts 3that contains the song, it is not de-instrumentalized.
Before the movie ends, he jokes that he hopes his low singing will not be protected by copyright, adding that he does not want to be "forced to sing more songs" just to avoid getting copyright.