Irrespective of this particular case, this whole area (not just YouTube) of automated content flagging needs serious attention from a number of standpoints.  Here's an example of what has happened to me (and many other people).  I uploaded a video of mine that included a segment of old, definitely public domain material.  Shortly thereafter, my entire vid was flagged by YouTube's Content ID.  Why?  It took some digging to figure out, but it turns out a Content ID partner had uploaded a video of their own that happened to include a section of the same public domain material I had used.  This apparently made it look like my video was infringing, since Content ID assumed the section of my vid that matched their vid was in violation.  Wrong!  But Content ID partners get the assumption of being correct, and there's no way for an average user to assert that something is public domain a priori.  I was able to get this reversed by careful explanation on the appropriate forms, but I wonder how many people would just throw up their arms and say, "To hell with it!" and not bother?  This is not an easy situation to solve, but the explicit assumption that Content ID partners are correct and that takedowns or other actions are immediate -- with a protest required to get blocks, etc. removed after the fact, strikes me as increasingly problematic. - Lauren
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