YouTube rejects Terry Cavanagh’s copyright appeal on VVVVVV

Saturday, 25th January 2014 21:26 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

YouTube has rejected Terry Cavanagh’s copyright appeal over a video of VVVVVV he posted on the service.

In December, VVVVVV developer Terry Cavanagh was hit with Content ID claims by YouTube on his own trailers.

The service issued the takedown as the music in the video infringed on copyrighted material.

Cavanagh appealed the claim with a dispute because it was his own copyrighted material, which he and many others found odd on Google’s part.

However, earlier this week he received word back from YouTube that it had rejected it and reinstated the copyright claim.

Apparently, even though Cavanagh owns the rights to use the SoulEye music in VVVVVV, but Indmusic filed a copyright claim.

Both Indmusic and Tunecore seem to be the core reasons behind many of the indie takedown notices.

The whole mess was covered by VG247 last year.

Thanks, PCgamesN.



  1. DarkElfa

    It seems Indimusic is working as sub-admin for Tunecore on Youtube and labels are basically turning admin rights over their claims over to these companies which are filing against the actual artists even.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. schrodinger_cat

    This is demonstration, how actually bad is the whole youtube system of copyrighted material control

    #2 11 months ago
  3. NocturnalB

    Alright boys, light the pitch forks and sharpen the torches…. Wait…

    #3 11 months ago
  4. sh4dow

    I guess Indmusic didn’t make a lot of money and so they figured they might as well try this before going under?

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Coheno

    Yeez, Youtube and Google have turned into a joke.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Cobra951

    What a perfect time for an upstart to compete with Youtube.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. foofly

    @6 There seems to be a growing call for an alternative. There has been a lot of big YouTube names speaking out against things like the current sub systems and now this copyrights issue.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. salarta

    Of the currently existing video platforms, dailymotion seems like the best bet. It’s a name most people recognize. However, I think the most likely scenario will be that Microsoft, Sony and/or Apple will start up a video sharing platform relatively soon.

    Even if, as some people have claimed, companies like Microsoft and Apple still have to deal with these same copyright enforcement issues, the fact of the matter is, a competitor doesn’t need to do very much right now to get a good foothold in that market. There are a lot of people right now dying for an alternative, any alternative, to Youtube. It’s reached a point that a lot of regular Youtube users are ready and willing to migrate their whole presence elsewhere if they have a suitable alternative. Having an existing presence on Youtube doesn’t mean much now if nearly all their videos are getting taken down for having some brief random music in the background, on top of the Youtube comments problem caused by Google+ integration.

    All any competitor needs to do right now to take a large enough chunk away from Google and Youtube is have better customer service. They don’t even need to not have the takedown and comment problems rampant on Youtube, they just need to not suck at helping people get things resolved and feel good about being there. Youtube users aren’t happy. Start a new platform, make them happy, and you have a new consistent customer.

    Worst case scenario for any new video platforms, they have someone that stays on Youtube but also adds their presence to the new platform. That’s literally the worst that can happen right now for the major players. Start-ups completely devoted to video, the worst would be bankruptcy, but let’s be honest, only the big players on the internet are going to consider breaking into the video sharing market and have the means to get things up and running relatively quickly.

    #8 11 months ago
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