Posted by Sophie-Ha Friday, May 14, 2021

Some popular Korean songs on YouTube are being identified as Chinese and Korean artists are losing money


There has been an issue with the copyrights of some of the songs by Korean artists on YouTube.

Recently, Korean netizens have pointed out that the copyright labels on certain YouTube videos have been misrepresented.

YouTube currently operates an automatic copyright management system called Content ID. This is a system that automatically identifies content owned by copyright holders on YouTube. Content ID helps copyright owners claim ownership by automatically finding the original song or original video used in the YouTube clip.

Here is a short video explaining the Content ID system:

However, there have been instances in which Chinese names are listed as the original producers under songs from Korean artists such as IU, Brown Eyes, Lee Seung Chul, Davichi, and more.

Songs such as IU's "Morning Tears," Toy's "Good Person," Davichi's "From me to you," Lee Seung Chul's "Blue Swallow OST," and more have Chinese producers listed as the original copyright owners to these songs.

Therefore, it was found that the Korean artists who are the original owners of the songs are not able to receive proper copyright profits (usually through YouTube ad revenue), and the profit is given to a different person. Some people think that a Chinese company might be gaming YouTube's Content ID system for their own monetary gain.

Earlier, Younha also announced that she will be taking action after hearing the news that her song "Waiting" had a different name listed as the original owner.

She wrote on her Instagram, "If the person asked and followed the proper procedure, I would have approved the song to be used. I'm taken aback because they used a method that was beyond my imagination but I'm going to take measures against it." 

She also criticized saying that stealing copyright in this manner, "cannot impress others and does not allow that person to earn much money."

Other Korean netizens also commented, "Omg these people are crazy," "We need to correct this right now," "I can't believe they are stealing copyrights now," "Wow, unbelievable," and "this is beyond my imagination too."

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Chark_Attack2,499 pts Friday, May 14, 2021 3
Friday, May 14, 2021

That is messed up. The disclaimers saying they are not owner and no infringement intended, that they will take down if contacted... It's like saying hey I know I'm robbing you but I don't mean to, still gonna keep robbing you though and I will only stop if I get caught. 😒


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BorahaeBora259 pts Friday, May 14, 2021 5
Friday, May 14, 2021

Once a thief, forever a thief. Keep stealing lands, manipulating medias, keep genocides, manipulating economy and invaded neighbours country and ALWAYS and will be played VICTOM


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