Disclaimer: I am not an attorney. The content of this article is not, and should not be construed or taken as, legal advice. If you believe that you are in need of legal advice, please enlist the services of an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you live and/or do business.
This series is here to teach you what I know of the rules and best practices to keep you from running into copyright problems when uploading videos to YouTube based on my experience working as a contractor within YouTube's Content Manager CMS as well as a content creator on the platform. All of the information here can also be found in the Creator Academy, which is available to all YouTube creators, but has been distilled in such a way as to assist you with interacting with the individuals and companies enforcing and managing their rights through the Content ID system.
Now that I've told you how to dispute a claim, here's some advice on what not to do when you're disputing a copyright claim on your videos.
A lot of blogs and videos, even by major content creators, suggest selecting "fair use" as your reason for the dispute (even when that's not the right reason) and then copying and pasting some sample text into the explanation box. Even worse, sometimes people will just select whatever reason gets them to the explanation page and copy/paste the sample text.
Here are some (but not all) versions I've seen other people suggest using along with my explanation for why these are incorrect (quick aside, there is absolutely no reason to put any of these in your video descriptions, blogs or in your actual videos either unless you're teaching people things not to do or teaching about fair use):
Don't copy/paste text into your explanation. It. Does. Not. Work.
Another thing you shouldn't do is threaten legal action, or even mention lawyers. People who actually sue don't tell people they're going to sue. If you're going to take legal action, hire a lawyer and have them deal with the issue. Threatening to sue will do one of two things, they'll believe it's an empty threat (since they usually are) or they'll get their legal team to file a counter suit before you get the chance to talk to your lawyer. If you want to take legal action, again, hire a lawyer and let the people claiming your video find out about the legal action when they get the court papers.
Finally (and for the last time) remember that a real person is reviewing your dispute, so be polite, clear, concise and courteous.
I'm planning to present this information at the Kilroy Event which is happening in the spring of 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. Right now I am unable to afford to get to the event on my own, so I'm asking for your help. I need a total of $1,000 (because taxes) to get airfare, hotel, ground transportation, meals and my badge. If you head over to the store page you can subscribe, tip, hire me for voice services or buy one of my cool shirts, or you can click through any of the Amazon affiliate banners on the site. Every penny I get from my content up to the event will be used exclusively to get me to Kilroy so I can present this information and answer questions in person. There's even a sub goal as a reward for getting me part of the way there.
Disclosure: Rhetorical Entertainment is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com