Several YouTubers are reporting that they’re getting hit with bizarre copyright claims from Fullscreen, Inc. for using random numbers in their videos.
YouTuber and Twitch streamer Anne Munition said she received several copyright claims for using the numbers 36, 50, and 65.
Anne Munition has appealed the claim with the message: “You can’t copyright a number, you wombats.”
YouTuber SonicGhost was hit with a copyright claim for using the number 32. “I can’t even look up what video Fullscreen is using to base this claim off of!” SonicGhost said. “Fantastic copyright system as always YouTube.”
YouTuber KIKZ_thekiller also received a copyright claim over the number three.
As a result of these claims, the ad revenue from the videos will go to Fullscreen, Inc. until the claims are successfully appealed.
YouTube has long been criticized for the way it allows any company or entity to make a claim on a video, without any prior checks that the entity making the claim actually owns the copyright to the content they’re claiming or striking.
The way YouTube’s system works leaves it open to false claims being made by copyright trolls, causing havoc for YouTubers and often with no repercussion for those making false claims.