So though I have only posted a small handful of videos on my YouTube account, and those videos do not have monetization enabled, I am seeing claims on them in my account.

I wasn’t notified of these claims by email or any other medium that I can find, and the videos were not taken down, nor is my account in bad standing.

Here’s what it looks like in my Video Manager panel:

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Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 5.45.28 PMAs you can see, there is an option to dispute the claims, but as YouTube can summarily dismiss your channel if you run afoul of too many copyright notices. I’m not sure if disputing a claim and having that dispute struck down counts as a strike, so I’m hesitant to do it.

This isn’t a big deal for me, but for people who are making a lot of money off a lot of videos on YouTube, it’s probably a bit whack-a-mole-y. IMO it’s just going to push more people towards streaming instead of offering videos on demand. (And, regardless of the fact that YouTube is opening streaming to the masses this month, I’ll bet that Twitch will end up being the beneficiary.)