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Halo soundtrack composer Martin O’Donnell hit with bogus YouTube copyright claim on his own music

Content creators are increasingly frustrated with the way YouTube's copyright system works.
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YouTube’s broken copyright system has struck once again with composer Martin O’Donnell being hit with a bogus copyright claim on music that he created.

O’Donnell is known for his work on the Destiny, Halo, Myth, and Oni soundtracks and has uploaded several YouTube videos that give viewers an insight into his process for composing these soundtracks.

The fake claim was filed by [Merlin] Redeye Distribution and Shock Entertainment Pty on one of these videos titled Reach Music Inception Pt1.

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The video features O’Donnell’s early music ideas for the Halo: Reach soundtrack that he composed along with a description of his creative process.

As a result of the claim, [Merlin] Redeye Distribution and Shock Entertainment Pty will now either earn ad revenue or collect stats about the video’s views until O’Donnell successfully disputes the claim.

The claim on O’Donnell’s video is another example of YouTube’s broken system resulting in creators receiving fake claims on content that they own the copyright to or content that’s being used in a way that would qualify for fair use.

Last month, YouTuber SidAlpha was hit with a bogus copyright claim on his own GTA 5 footage.

Creators have been critical of the existing YouTube copyright system for some time because it allows companies and entities to claim or strike videos without having to prove that they’re the copyright holder.

But despite this criticism, there are no signs that YouTube will be making changes to this part of its copyright system any time soon.

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