YouTube's Copyright System Isn't Broken. The World's Is.

Julkaistu 23.03.2020
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No copyright infringement intended. | Watch Money, my new Nebula Original series, with a 30-day free trial of CuriosityStream:
CAMERA: Jamie Drew
CAMERA: Joe Stone
AUDIO MIX: Graham Haerther
EDITOR: Isla McTear
CAPTIONS: Caption+
1901 Arts Club
The Camera Museum, Soho
Evan Edinger
The Lexi Cinema, Kensal Green
Mandy Celine
Oliver Thorn
Tim Bunn
Leonard French
Devin Stone
Jay Foreman
Joel "Smallishbeans"
Epidemic Sound
Canon in D solo piano recording courtesy of ProstoRecords and Envato Market
Canon in D rock recording courtesy of Kora3000 and Envato Market
Images used under license from
Reb Day
© Pad 26 Limited MMXX
0:00 Introduction
1:09 Chapter 1: The Mess We're In
10:08 Chapter 2: No Copyright Infringement Intended
22:18 Chapter 3: Content ID
28:21 Chapter 4: Where Do We Go From Here
39:00 Trailer and Sponsorship
40:07 Credits and Outtakes

Tom Scott
Tom Scott
  • Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Yep, 42 minutes of video. This was a big project. Plus: I've got an all-new five-part original series called Money over on Nebula, which you can watch as a bundle with CuriosityStream!

    • li rvra

      li rvra

      3 päivää sitten

      i didn’t even realize it was that long

    • Jake Lownds

      Jake Lownds

      3 päivää sitten

      And the video released after that shows a cool trick with view count gets 6x the views

    • emeyers7


      18 päivää sitten

      @CyberCake Playz you can set a video to private when you upload it way before you release it, and that's how the comments are very much older than the release date

    • SnopFop


      28 päivää sitten

      Awesome video!

    • Fuzzman


      29 päivää sitten

      yo tom, I like your bedsheets, where can I get em?

  • Nevla


    2 tuntia sitten
  • Joshua Mitchell

    Joshua Mitchell

    2 tuntia sitten

    You know it's a complicated and convoluted subject matter when a Tom Scott video is 40 minutes longer than usual

  • C Penner

    C Penner

    4 tuntia sitten

    Also you buy a movie or game and watch or play it at home with friends who did not pay for either one. Is this fair use? you make no money off it. So how the hell is this different from watching a movie online if you dont make money?

    • Victor Damázio

      Victor Damázio

      25 minuuttia sitten

      If you buy a DVD, you can call your friends to watch, but you can't make a public exibition, turning your house in a movie theather, even if it's free. It's not how it should be, it's how it is.

  • C Penner

    C Penner

    4 tuntia sitten

    Once you buy the games the company has no say if there are videos they dont own that copy of the game anymore.

  • Will H

    Will H

    8 tuntia sitten

    How do you like like someone in there 20s and someone in there late 40s at the same time?

  • Kazaha ツ

    Kazaha ツ

    10 tuntia sitten

    Still my favorite video because of the reaction dude

  • Dan DA little Man

    Dan DA little Man

    11 tuntia sitten

    Welp, Tom’s right again :/

  • OzoneKK


    14 tuntia sitten

    Mumbonio Jumbonio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hrpang


    15 tuntia sitten

    Tom: I bought these stock images
    A certain Yorkshire Tea drinker: buys the licenses, then puts his own "copyright" over it in videos

  • Erdrick The Hero

    Erdrick The Hero

    16 tuntia sitten

    How about we don't treat corporations as people? Restrict companies - those with the power (in the current system) to endlessly litigate, and with the biggest incentive to abuse that power to endlessly litigate - from suing individual private citizens over anything but mass wholesale reproduction and distribution of their works.

  • ThatguycalledJoe


    16 tuntia sitten

    Common Knowledge - "If you're the only one who sees a problem, you are the problem."
    Tom Scott - "Well, actually..."

  • Erdrick The Hero

    Erdrick The Hero

    16 tuntia sitten

    I can get behind needing to license things for commercial use, but there should never ever be any legal liability for any non-commercial, non-profit use, with the sole exception of wholesale reproduction and distribution. If people don't buy because they saw someone else using the product and decided that was enough, then it's the company's problem and their responsibility to make a better product.

  • Yaj Jhajhria

    Yaj Jhajhria

    17 tuntia sitten

    How did you make a 42-minute long video that I actually watched fully?

  • Nerdism


    18 tuntia sitten

    If the copyright system worked like the patent system, Shrek would become public domain next year

  • Ajc 7575

    Ajc 7575

    18 tuntia sitten

    Wait, a 6 credit bundle was cheaper than just 3 individual ones?

  • Gonebeef


    21 tunti sitten


  • Ram Homier

    Ram Homier

    23 tuntia sitten

    That really applies to everything in our modern democracies. Justice not affordable for most people, a little bit like in non-democracies ironically.

  • Storm Engineer

    Storm Engineer

    Päivä sitten

    Is there an equivalent of the UK's Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and it's small claims track in EU countries? In other words, are there EU countries where I as an individual artist could successfully grab the balls of someone, be them a person or a company, ripping me off?

  • Matteo Mandelli

    Matteo Mandelli

    Päivä sitten

    Love this format of long videos I got that is more difficult to make a entertaining 40 minutes video since is difficult to make a 5 minutes one, and it's even more difficult to convince people giving it a chance or even watching it all... but I'd love it, I always loved documentaries and growing up I moved from documentaries to science and culture channels on YouTube and is content like this that really make me think that this is better than anything I could have found on Discovery channel. Please keep doing long videos, maybe even on a regular schedule in an ideal world

  • Juice WRLD

    Juice WRLD

    Päivä sitten

    It is broken it allowed me to use a copyrighted song

  • Jerry Muffin

    Jerry Muffin

    Päivä sitten

    Brilliant Video. I actually learned someting today.

  • GamingWithNick


    Päivä sitten

    13:22 w h a t

  • GamingWithNick


    Päivä sitten

    Hes still better then most react channels

  • Will Schroeder

    Will Schroeder

    Päivä sitten

    Youtube: recommends this video
    Me: hmmmmm

  • DaanDanx


    Päivä sitten

    41:38 Amazing

  • Anthony Davey

    Anthony Davey

    Päivä sitten

    11:58 when your air freshener in your house does its thing

  • Anvilshock


    Päivä sitten

    "Shorten how long copyright lasts"
    _Disney has entered the chat_

  • Amrapali Naik

    Amrapali Naik

    Päivä sitten

    Ok, to be honest, I didn't know Mumbo Jumbo's actual name was "Oli"

  • The Dominator

    The Dominator

    Päivä sitten

    In summary, *Jay Foreman screaming*

  • Damien Tan

    Damien Tan

    Päivä sitten

    ngl tom makes a lot of good points and now i'm questioning what i know

  • Nos Man Entertainment

    Nos Man Entertainment

    Päivä sitten

    My entire existence is illegal apparently

  • jhk655


    Päivä sitten

    male pattern baldness is not being kind to this guy.

  • Mutated__Donkey


    Päivä sitten

    Can’t wait for Jinx to react to this

  • Thor Correia

    Thor Correia

    Päivä sitten

    Hi Tom, awesome video! But you're dead wrong about video games. The vast majority of (at least indie) game devs actually seek out people to play and stream and make videos of their games. It's a dream come true for indies. Exposure absolutely does "pay the rent" -- without exposure you have nothing. Nobody will buy your game just by hearing the name. And nobody will not buy your game just because they saw a video. If somebody saw your video and chose not to buy the game, they are likely the same people that would have bought it, played an hour, and refunded it anyway.

  • Cairo Fahrenheit

    Cairo Fahrenheit

    2 päivää sitten

    Feel like I'm talking directly to you Tom 😂 whereabouts in London are you although we now have the virus so everyone can hide away this is y a bus and try sleep well 😴😴😴💤😴😴💤💤💤💤💤

  • Cairo Fahrenheit

    Cairo Fahrenheit

    2 päivää sitten

    Carl Sagan

  • Cairo Fahrenheit

    Cairo Fahrenheit

    2 päivää sitten

    Money is dy kc cc

  • SublimeHawk6


    2 päivää sitten

    Love the smooth change of settings



    2 päivää sitten

    **Suzy Lu has downvoted this video**

  • Mybig Lenovo

    Mybig Lenovo

    2 päivää sitten

    Youtube are removing the music policy listing soon apparently.

  • Bray Ness

    Bray Ness

    2 päivää sitten

    Did Internet Historian agree to allow you to use his face in this video at 12:09?

  • Mercedes Stemm

    Mercedes Stemm

    2 päivää sitten

    Walmart stole my brothers pic and sold it on a bunch of different items including a $100 blanket ✌🏼

  • Untitled 1

    Untitled 1

    2 päivää sitten

    11:44 - 12:00 Is that clip also copyrighted? I want to use it.

  • Nimlouth


    2 päivää sitten

    the real problem is how greedy licensing law are, letting companies outright own ideas and crippling how we use and access to them.

  • monky2k6


    2 päivää sitten

    Was that Felicia Day at 20:02 ?

  • David A

    David A

    2 päivää sitten

    My understanding is that copyright and patent are an understanding between the creator and the state where the state will give the creator protection for a few years while the creation is monetised, and in return after that time the work becomes public domain and the public is free to use it as they will. There's no way that the extraordinary time periods that copyright lasts can be justified under those terms. In addition there is no way that the disparity between the period a pop song is protected and the period a scientific invention is protected can be justified.
    The industries that depend upon copyright have spent a lot of time and effort convincing people that copyright is some sort of moral right and it's beach is theft, but it's not, it's just a pragmatic arrangement between creators and the public to encourage creators while preserving public access to creative works.



    2 päivää sitten

    Did you get permission to use those Fonts? Laff

  • Disk Poppy

    Disk Poppy

    2 päivää sitten

    Everything that is popular and enters pop-culture should have lesser copyright protection and enter public domain sooner. When something is such a big part of the public space, it's only natural that it's no longer yours, it's everyone's. That way it would be more aligned with the way how should copyright work as naturally perceived.

  • Qris Johnson

    Qris Johnson

    2 päivää sitten

    Feels like you're interpreting Fair Use more strictly than it's actually meant to be, holding "commentary and criticism" AND "parody" to pertain to the original work, which is not the case. Let's say I'm reviewing a movie about the Vietnam war, and the movie misses a key point best summarized in Tim O'Brein's The Things They Carried. I directly quote three paragraphs from his novel. That's fair use, just as quoting a few paragraphs from a news article by a student or teacher for use in a lesson is fair use. While you may argue that the merits of Fair Use would have to be argued in court, and there are plenty of lawyers who would say no to this, I feel most objective lawyers would argue that your interpretation is more narrow than it was meant to be. While erring on the side of caution may benefit content creators on youtube and other platforms, I don't know that the public is ever served by misinformation.

  • Genosse RedCat []

    Genosse RedCat []

    2 päivää sitten

    The system is Capitalism.

  • Andrew Khoroshenko

    Andrew Khoroshenko

    2 päivää sitten

    Bruh, this video gets copyrighted.

  • Mohamed Abed

    Mohamed Abed

    2 päivää sitten

    So hypothetically you can stream full movies in YouTube with a small person in the corner criticising the movie in sign language and it would be totally ok.

  • Ian Watts

    Ian Watts

    2 päivää sitten

    And.. I'll still accept the soft G in GIF.. despite what you and GIPHY may want to believe. :P

  • Ian Watts

    Ian Watts

    2 päivää sitten

    Did you fail to mention anything about Blues Traveler's "Hook"? It is amusing in it's own right.

  • OrangeC7


    2 päivää sitten

    Okay but you've gotta admit some of this criticism and review is really smoothly integrated into the script like some of those must be quite difficult to get right in one consistent take

  • TheOriginalMakaaka


    3 päivää sitten

    Here's what you should do with your copyright. Take note that Chyna has a counterfeit BMW, Toyota, and many other companies. In many cases, the car is exactly the same except the logo is changed by rearranging a few elements. And when those companies tried to get their fair claim, the ChyGov. told companies like Toyota "The cars do look exactly the same but our engineers made the car design before you did". These copyright issues are worth billions of dollars if not trillions and yet there is zero effort in regards to solving those issues.

  • Anthony Foxclaw

    Anthony Foxclaw

    3 päivää sitten

    In some ways, it's almost easier to just put your work in the public domain.

  • TymonRobux7


    3 päivää sitten

    Whos Watching This Thinking They Are Smart Lmao 😂

  • KawaInkling


    3 päivää sitten

    How can you look 20 and 60 at the same time

  • N The One

    N The One

    3 päivää sitten

    It IS broken, though, because it causes tons more harm than good.
    It threatens poor nobodies with legal action that can potentially ruin lives or cause massive psychological problems. It's a system that works against the people just for the sake of making things clear-cut for huge businesses. It's not okay.

    • Gl33D


      10 tuntia sitten

      with the current state of copyright law what alternate solution is there? None, unfortunately. The blame needs to be directed at the copyright law itself and not the systems youtube puts in place to deal with it.

    • Anthony Foxclaw

      Anthony Foxclaw

      3 päivää sitten

      FIstore's copyright system is just the player trying to play by the rules of the current copyright game. It's broken because copyright is broken.

  • AmFirstVibe


    3 päivää sitten

    oi mate, you got a loicense for that?

  • Probablygeorge


    3 päivää sitten

    11:01 ah yes, space communism, my favourite kind of communism

  • Azsimuth


    3 päivää sitten

    Mumbo fans be like

  • mandellorian


    3 päivää sitten

    Copyright is going to change..a bunch of engineers have now created and copyrighted every possible musical combination.

  • Ben Lentz

    Ben Lentz

    3 päivää sitten

    "Don't hate the player, hate the game." ~ Ice-T

  • celly juli

    celly juli

    3 päivää sitten


  • Don Dovahkiin

    Don Dovahkiin

    3 päivää sitten

    Boi twitch has it coming...

  • Egavans


    3 päivää sitten

    I genuinely believe that the world would be better off with NO copyright/patent/intellectual property law whatsoever than with the system that currently exists. Gimme artistic anarchy, I'd love to see what happens.
    Maybe it'd lead to a dystopia where no one created art anymore, like people assume it would. I happen to believe the human drive for creativity wouldn't allow that.

  • Phil Nguyễn

    Phil Nguyễn

    3 päivää sitten

    me when i saw a rat: 3:00

  • Tekayo


    3 päivää sitten

    Never did I think I'd see MumboJumbo in one of your videos

  • Joshua Ivey

    Joshua Ivey

    3 päivää sitten

    I’ve never heard anyone refer to Mumbai Jumbo as Ollie

  • Wish Dragon

    Wish Dragon

    3 päivää sitten

    Jay foreman! What is this, a crossover episode?

  • OJF Helpers

    OJF Helpers

    3 päivää sitten

    Why did I watch this 40 min video you ask. I don't know, Tom just has a nice voice.

  • abbie


    3 päivää sitten

    My opinion is that you tubers and big companies shouldn’t be treated the same. Sure there exceptions, but a large majority aren’t posting for profit! Some do make their living off commentary etc, so maybe those laws should be worked around and jimmied with. But to restrict such a large population of creative people would piss me off.

  • Steven Victor Neiman

    Steven Victor Neiman

    3 päivää sitten

    I 100% agree. Copyright terms need to be shortened, copyrights disputes need to be easier to do on a human budget, and copyright law needs to be clarified. One other thing that I think is a rare opinion is that in order to retain a copyright you must maintain a copy of the copyrighted work set up to be made publictly available at the time of expiration. Copyright holders should be offered, at the core, the same deal as patent holders. That deal is between the IP holder and the public, mediated by the government, and the terms are that the IP holder will create intellectual property for betterment of the human condition and accept that at the end of the term of their IP it will become freely available to all, and in exchange they will be allowed to profit from a personal monopoly for an amount of time which is long on the scale of their own life but short on the scale of society.

  • Just a simple nickname

    Just a simple nickname

    3 päivää sitten

    Imagine this getting copyrighted

  • Aiden Mein

    Aiden Mein

    3 päivää sitten

    You should have covered the suzy lu case

  • Normal Minecraft Lets Play

    Normal Minecraft Lets Play

    4 päivää sitten

    Take on me Minecraft parody, mine diamonds.

  • Bunyinj Bhadi

    Bunyinj Bhadi

    4 päivää sitten