YouTube said it will terminate the account of a local music company that issued a copyright takedown notice to a popular YouTube channel, after it determined that the complaint was “abusive”.
On July 10, Lofi Girl shared that a copyright takedown issued by FMC Music Sdn Bhd Malaysia has made some of their videos unplayable on the platform.
One of the videos titled “lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax and study to” is a 24/7 livestream first created in February 2020. Prior to its takedown, the video had garnered more than 668 million views, with most viewers saying the music helps them to remain focused and calm while studying or working.
Lofi Girl’s “lofi hip hop radio – beats to sleep/chill to” has also been affected by the issue.
Lofi Girl raised the issue on Twitter with the hashtag #BringBackLofiGirl, in the hopes that YouTube would resolve the matter.
The online video sharing platform later responded on July 11, saying it had resolved the strikes and that it would take between 24 to 48 hours to reinstate the channel’s videos.
“Confirmed the takedown requests were abusive & terminated the claimants account we’ve resolved the strikes + reinstated your vids – it can sometimes take 24-48 hours for everything to be back to normal! so sorry this happened & thx for your patience as we sorted it out,” YouTube said in its full statement to Lofi Girl.