YouTube Content ID Still Flawed, Mistakes Licensed SmartSound Tracks For 70s Pop Band

By Megan O'Neill 

Back in May we shared the story of YouTuber Steve Miller, aka QiRanger, who said “YouTube’s Content ID is broken and needs a fix.”  The travel video extraordinaire ran into problems when a video featuring music he had purchased a legal commercial license for was flagged and stripped of monetization.  Nearly half a year later, Miller is still dealing with the same issues.

A video posted to the QiRanger YouTube channel today featuring licensed music has been flagged by Content ID…but wait for it…this story gets a little ridiculous.  This time the video, which features a couple of tracks, Requiem For Your Soul and Start Anew, which Miller purchased licenses for through SmartSound, has been flagged due to the fact that Content ID thought the video contained the 1974 hit ‘Sugar Baby Love’ by the English pop band The Rubettes.

While Miller’s video has not been taken down and the audio has not been muted, his video has been stripped of monetization.  Miller went out of his way to purchase the rights to use the music in his video so that he wouldn’t infringe on copyright laws and would be able to earn revenue off of his video and now, thanks to a Content ID mistake, he has to wait until YouTube resolves the issue.

Issues with Content ID taking down videos that feature the same royalty free tracks as other videos may be a little more excusable, but in this case the song that the video was flagged for was not even present in the video.  And this is not the first instance we’ve seen of something like this happening.  Back in February, one user’s video was flagged when the natural sounds of nature and chirping birds in his video was mistaken for a Rumblefish track.

I should point out that Content ID has been an amazing tool for helping many content owners curb the illegal use copyright music, film, television and video.  However, it is not without its flaws and this is just one instance that proves that Content ID is far from perfect.

Check out Miller’s video, and The Rubettes’ ‘Sugar Baby Love’ below and let us know what you think.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.