YouTube, the online video behemoth has suspended NTV Kenya’s YouTube channel. When you visit their channel, there is a red banner which explains why you cannot be able to see their content. Here is the notice:
NTV Kenya has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted.
It is quite unclear what exactly NTV uploaded on YouTube to warrant the takedown but checking on YouTube Help shows that the company takes it seriously.
If you get a copyright strike, that means your video has been taken down from YouTube because a copyright owner sent us a complete and valid request asking us to do so. When a copyright owner formally notifies us that you don’t have their permission to post their content on the site, we take down your upload with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Google also gives a way out to resolve copyright issues on the same forum:
- You have to wait for it to expire after 6 months as long as you complete Copyright School and don’t receive any additional copyright strikes
- Get a retraction from the person who claimed the video
- Or submit a counter request if it was mistakenly removed due to misidentification.
When you get more than 3 strikes, Google will actually remove all of your accounts, terminate the account and you won’t be able to create new ones.
NTV Kenya’s YouTube account is quite popular and it is actually the top local YouTube channel where according to Social Blade, they had made over 50,000 uploads and had over 280,000 subscribers.
[Update] Google confirmed the takedown request on content infringement and from the media house side, a source said that they were flagged repeatedly many times before and the YouTube channel is no more. This is permanent.