Why do we have so many copyright issues compared to the past ?

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We used to be able to see all sorts of videos on YouTube with official music and other stuff. I saw a woman get copyright claimed for playing Moonlight Sonata which belongs to the people. Streamers could also play music all they want and not get banned for it. But in the last years, everything has changed. How and why?

I do support and want the artists to either get credit or payment for their work, but the current state is kind of ridiculous.

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>We used to be able to see all sorts of videos on YouTube with official music and other stuff. I saw a woman get copyright claimed for playing Moonlight Sonata which belongs to the people. Streamers could also play music all they want and not get banned for it. But in the last years, everything has changed. How and why?

>I do support and want the artists to either get credit or payment for their work, but the current state is kind of ridiculous.

Copyright issues and violations have always been there but technological development proceeded too quickly. 1995-2010 were the unregulated wild wild west years of the internet and legislative and executive influence over it has only been starting to actually catch up during the last decade. The result is the current best effort to properly regulate intellectual property use in an environment that puts no upfront cost on sharing and creating content with and for Millions.

Two big things – one there are a lot more people making publicly accessible content now. Where there used to be a few folks making a mix tape once a year for their friends or personal use, or duplicating technology required owning a printing press, now everyone has a channel or five.

Computers can now automatically recognize protected content. If you own copyright on something and want it to be protected, you can have computers watch for it being used without authorization, and automatically send take down notices. If you’re a content host, you probably want to do that for your hosted content so that you’re not going to get a claim against you.

More folks infringing, and easier to find them.

there is no regulation or consequence for false reports. DMCA inverts the justice system by assuming you’re guilty until you prove otherwise, and sites like youtube take the easy way out by removing everything they’re asked to because it’s easier than protecting their users. the only thing slowing copyright trolls used was that they had to report everything manually, but now you can get a bot to detect everything vaguely similar to whatever you’re trying to protect and have it taken down

Intellectual Property (IP) acquisitions became a hot commodity in the late 2000s and in the 2010s. So now we have fewer but ever larger multi-media conglomerates with an army of people and tools and lawsuits. The technology to detect copyright violations improved in leaps and bounds, making it easier to identify copyright violators.