Popular Lofi Girl YouTube Streams Deleted After ‘Abusive’ Copyright Strike Apparently Launched By Malaysian Label
Two YouTube streams from popular channel Lofi Girl were taken down over the weekend due to a copyright strike that appears to have been issued by a Malaysian label. YouTube later reversed the takedown, calling the takedown requests “abusive.”
Two streams from the channel – “lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/to study to” and “beats to sleep/chill to” – were removed by Youtube earlier on Sunday (July 10). According to screenshots shared by Lofi Girl on Twitter, the strikes came from an account of “FMC Music Sdn Bhd Malaysia”, which is also the name of a Malaysian label and publisher widely known for releasing pop music.
“Lofi radios have been taken down due to fake copyright strikes, hope @YouTubeCreators @YouTube will fix this soon…” Lofi Girl tweeted about the situation.
— Lofi Girl (@lofigirl) July 10, 2022
In an apologetic response to the tweet, YouTube said it had “confirmed the takedown requests were abusive” and had “resolved” the channel’s copyright strikes and “reinstated” videos. Although the videos are not yet accessible at the time of writing, YouTube also stated that “it can sometimes take 24-48 hours for everything to return to normal”, and that it had terminated the claimant’s account.
confirmed the takedown requests were abusive and terminated the requesters account 😔 we resolved the strikes + restored your videos – sometimes it can take 24-48 hours to get everything back to normal! sorry this happened and thank you for your patience as we fixed the issue ❤️🩹
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) July 11, 2022
It’s unclear whether the “abusive” strike over copyright infringement was launched by record label FMC Music, which has always his YouTube channel operational at the time of writing, or an account impersonating the label. NME has contacted FMC Music for comment.
Anyway, FMC Music’s Facebook page has since under fire from internet commentators. “Imagine trying to bring down a company that is bigger than you and has more internet users than you. This copyright strike has gotten a little awkward for you,” one commenter wrote. copyright stuff that doesn’t belong to you? Very professional,” another said.
After YouTube reinstated Lo-Fi Girl streams, the channel shared a Twitter feed thoughts on the takedown and specifically on what he called the “underlying problem” of false copyright infringement warnings on YouTube.
“We are shocked and disappointed to see that there is still no kind of protection or manual review of these false claims. Ultimately, it was entirely out of our control, and the saddest thing is that ‘there was no way to appeal in advance/prevent this from happening,’ Lofi Girl wrote.
“Most importantly, this event brought to light an underlying issue on the platform: it’s 2022, and there are countless smaller creators, many of whom have engaged in this discussion, who continue to be impacted daily by these misrepresentations on both videos and live streams.
When it was taken down, the most popular stream, “lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study”, had logged a total of 20,843 hours of streaming and received a total of over 668 million views. The second stream, “beats to sleep/chill to”, garnered less than 129 million views during its runtime, but aired for 20,772 hours.
Created by French musician Dmitri in 2015 under the original moniker “ChilledCow”, the account was also taken down following false copyright warnings in 2020. The stream was renamed to its current moniker in 2021.
In 2017, Studio Ghibli also filed a copyright claim against the channel for using a looping GIF of Shizuku Tsukishima, a character from Hayao Miyazaki’s classic 1995 film, Whisper of the heart. The decision led to the stream being replaced with its current iconic artwork.