I have been listening to a lot of Steve Vai recently and YouTube decided to suggest me some so-called shorts. I think I’ve never watched a YouTube shorts video but the moment I saw this thumbnail, I recognised it immediately. One of the classic Justin’s interviews from the past (it was called masterclasses on the old website if I remember correctly).
It is fascinating for me to see how an old video got stolen, recycled, chopped and posted again on some random channel. (It might be a normal thing in this shorts business, no clue.) I know there is loads of music uploaded to YouTube and sports highlights, etc.
But I never encountered something like this. I know it is probably much more common and I am most likely completely unaware of it but just some food for thought.
Actually now that I think about it, I once stumbled on a YouTube channel where someone is dubbing all Rick Beato’s What Makes This Song Great videos into Russian. I don’t know where on the fair use part of the spectrum this type of “recycling” lands, but if I remember correctly he did link all Rick’s products in the video description. So I think it’s a pass in my books, especially as there you can’t monetise videos with copyrighted music in them.