A handful of fans have reported receiving notices from Youtube warning that one or more of their posted videos contained copyrighted material from LG15. These notices instructed the channel owner to either delete the video from their account, delete their Youtube account, or allow LG15 to advertise on their video.
These notices appear to be generated from Youtube’s automated Content Verification Program that checks videos that are uploaded to Youtube for copyrighted content. It appears Eqal has enrolled in this program; however, it is unclear what involvement Eqal plays, if any, before the notices are sent. For example, Eqal may have to accept or approve the notices of flagged videos before they are emailed to the owner of the alleged infringing video.
Youtube’s Content Verification Program allows the enroller to choose a preferred usage policy, either to block, track, or monetize the infringing video. Videos that were originally flagged by this program were automatically blocked. However, LG15 has since changed that preference and now allows the video owner a choice.
It is unclear whether these notices are flagging videos whose content is entirely LG15 footage or a montage of clips that include some LG15 footage.
Concerned fans have emailed Eqal, though they have yet to receive a response. However, Amanda Goodfried, one of the Creators, has responded to comments on Inside LG15 suggesting that these notifications are for the most part a misunderstanding.
Hey everyone! Don't fight each other... fight the order. Ok that was lame, but I'm just trying to break the ice. :) All of your videos are important to us. It amazes me how much talent and creativity the LG15 community has...we want the world to see your videos! We certainly don't want any videos or accounts to be deleted. In response to your concerns, we have reached out to youtube and asked them to fix it. We've been told that the settings have been changed and this will no longer happen. Let us know if this continues and we'll speak to them again. Please, keep creating and keep fighting... the order!