After writing that I realised that YouTube, in fact, don't even get involved. Their Content ID system finds a match, and a copyright claim is automatically triggered by the system on behalf of whoever claims to own the copyright, even when they don't.
The result being that they then start receiving revenue for your video.
Now, if you're idiotic enough to steal another person's copyrighted material then that's your tough luck, but if the person making the claim in the first place has no claim at all then they're effectively stealing from you, and that is a criminal offence.
My original post explains how a copyright claim was levied on one of my videos from the Sunderland Air Show 2012 because it contained The Dam Busters March from the very famous movie The Dam Busters, named after the squadron of the same name. A true story and a brilliant movie.
I successfully challenged this claim as the copyright on the theme from The Dam Busters has expired, releasing it into the Public Domain.
Later YouTube introduced the Video Editor which allowed me to concatenate the videos into one, longer video. The Content ID system immediately slapped the video with the copyright claim again. As this claim is invalid it should no longer exist on the system!
Irritated by this shit I sent a snotty reply to Warner Chappell pointing out that slapping copyright claims on anything they like is pathetic, and YouTube need to sort this crap out.
A claimant only has so long to respond or the claim expires. Idiotically YouTube do not have the sense to then reinstate the monetisation on a video and you have to do that yourself.
This time the claim was raised by both Warner Chappell and BMG Rights Management using a slightly different title.
I have only just now, while writing this, discovered that because BMG Rights Management have "rejected" the claim and that they apparently have the right to reinstate it. I have not received an e-mail about this and have not been notified in any way.
So, just because these arseholes say it is true, then it is true. Incredible.
I went to the YouTube Partner support forums where all I received was an utterly useless response from someone who didn't bother reading the post, as is usual in these situations.
So now what, YouTube? As an entity Google is really starting to piss me off. You are happy for people to make ridiculous copyright claims on content that they do not own?
As anyone who has ever attempted to get any sense out of Google knows: toothache is a much more enjoyable process.