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White Noise Video Copyright Complaints Dispute Musician's Own Work

White Noise Video Copyright Complaints Dispute Musician's Own Work

There are five copyright complaints against a musician's white noise YouTube video. (Sergey Toropov/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 02:29 PM

An Australian musician's YouTube video of 10 hours of white noise has been hit with five copyright infringement complaints, even though he generated the video on his own with open source software.

Sebastian Tomczak is a musician and music teacher who experiments with different sounds and uploads many of them to YouTube to share them with others. On Thursday, he tweeted that five other YouTube users claim he is infringing on their copyright with his white noise video. All of them chose to monetize his work, which means they will make money from it instead of him (if it gets enough views to make any money).

White noise is generated when many different frequencies combine at the same time. It can be soothing for some people and can block out sound that would distract someone trying to concentrate or wake up someone trying to sleep.

Tomczak said these copyright complaints are not the first he's had, and that he successfully disputed other copyright claims with YouTube and plans to dispute these as well, TorrentFreak reported

The musician even said that YouTube itself generated a copyright claim against him for using some of his own music for a workplace video, TorrentFreak reported. If Tomczak was making much money from the platform, he said, the complaints would be a serious problem, but since he’s not, they are just an annoyance. 

Since the copyright complainants chose to monetize his video, Tomczak’s account was not suspended, but some complaints can lead to that outcome, which could be a huge problem for some who depends on the platform for income or for their work, TorrentFreak noted. 

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Five complainants say an Australian musician's 10-hour white noise YouTube video infringes on their copyrights, even though he made the video's sounds himself.
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