Some of the biggest K-pop music videos were taken down by copyright claims on YouTube on January 15.
According to Forbes writer Caitlin Kelly:
"Top girl group TWICE experienced a temporary shutdown of three music videos: “Likey” is the fifth most-viewed music video by a girl group of all time. “Like Ooh-Ahh” was the nonet’s debut single that currently sits at 280 million views. Meanwhile, their latest single “YES or YES” became the seventh-biggest 24-hour debut on YouTube at the time of its release... BTS, the biggest boy band in the world, was affected as V’s solo “Singularity” vanished for a short period... The copyright caper also hit a handful of current and former YG artists. Jennie’s “SOLO,” PSY’s “New Face” and BIGBANG’s “Flower Road” all were deleted for an hour and a half."
The company behind this is an Indian company called Aiplex Software Private Limited.
A quick Google search reveals that this company is known as a "copyright troll." Numerous smaller YouTube channels have complained about false copyright claims from Aiplex since 2017.
The music videos were eventually restored after a few hours. However, fans are concerned at how copyright trolls can take down some of K-pop's biggest music videos (even temporarily). They want YouTube to review their copyright takedown policy as the system in place can be easily manipulated. There is also a petition to ban Aiplex from making copyright strikes on YouTube.