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Court Sentences YouTube Content ID Scammer to Over Five Years in Prison * TorrentFreak


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A U.S. federal court in Arizona has sentenced a YouTube Content ID scammer to 70 months in prison, to be followed by three years of probation. Jose Teran was part of an operation that raked in over $24 million by falsely claiming ownership of unmonetized third-party music on the platform. The alleged leader of the scam will be sentenced in a few weeks.

sad tubeYouTube’s Content ID system helps rightsholders and content creators prevent copyright infringement.

Copyright holders can either remove problematic content from the video platform, or they can choose to monetize it.

Monetization is preferred in many cases and can be quite lucrative. Over the years, the Content ID platform has generated more than $9 billion in ‘claimed’ advertising revenue.

Criminal Content ID Scam

This option isn’t just utilized by legitimate owners, scammers have been making use of it too. While it’s unknown how often the system is abused, an indictment published by the…

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