YouTube videos criticizing Batwoman are being hit with Content ID claims from Warner Bros

Yet another example of YouTube’s copyright system being used to target creators that criticize movies or TV shows.


Several YouTubers are reporting that over the last month, WBTV (Warner Bros. Television) has been issuing Content ID claims on videos that are critical of the Batwoman TV show. Several of these claims have been made months after the original videos were published and they’re coming at a time when Batwoman is seeing a huge ratings decline.

Movie and TV show review channel Mr H Reviews published a video in October which discussed the WBTV Content ID claims against three of its videos criticizing Batwoman. One of the claimed videos was published more than four months ago in July.

The WBTV Content ID claim on the Mr H Reviews video titled Batwoman Gets A New Teaser & It’s Terrible.
Source: YouTube – Mr H Reviews
The WBTV Content ID claim on the Mr H Reviews video titled Batwoman Reviews Are In - Questionable!
Source: YouTube – Mr H Reviews
The WBTV Content ID claim on the Mr H Reviews video titled Batwoman Is The Vegan Superhero We Need.
Source: YouTube – Mr H Reviews

Around a week after Mr H Reviews published his video talking about these Content ID claims, the gaming, reviews, and culture channel It’sAGundam reported that it had also been slapped with a WBTV Content ID claim on a video that criticized Batwoman. This video was published in May, months before the video was hit with the Content ID claim.

About a month later, social commentary channel The Quartering reported that it too had been hit with a Content ID claim on a video that was critical of Batwoman. The Quartering’s video was published in June and claimed months after it was released.

The WBTV Content ID claim on The UNENDING Yikes That Is Batwoman Delivers Again.
Source: YouTube – The Quartering

While The Quartering challenged this claim and was able to get it released, he said it “serves as a clear and present demotivating factor.”

A message showing the WBTV Content ID claim against The Quartering’s The UNENDING Yikes That Is Batwoman Delivers Again video being released.
Source: YouTube – The Quartering

Mr H Reviews and The Quartering believe that these Content ID claims are being used to hide criticism of Batwoman and disincentivize YouTubers that criticize the show as its ratings continue to fall.

Batwoman has been struggling to attract both positive audience ratings and viewers since its release. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 12% Rotten rating. Meanwhile, the show’s viewers have dropped from 1.86 million when it debuted to 1.009 million on last Sunday’s episode – a decline of over 46% in seven weeks.


Tom Parker

Tom Parker is a head contributor for Reclaim The Net and provides news and analysis on how we can promote free speech, stop censorship, and protect our personal data online. [email protected]
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!