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YouTube Strikes Musician’s Original Work, Grants Claim To Sketchy Colombian ‘Label’



YouTube Demonetizes TheFatRat

The embattled Big Tech Giant is facing backlash from content creators and fans after allowing a Colombian record label to claim copyright ownership of an artist’s original work.

YouTube artist TheFatRat says the platform is allowing Ramjets Group, a possibly fictitious record label in Medellín, Colombia, to claim copyright ownership of a two year old song created entirely by the artist. After attempting to explain his ownership of the music to YouTube, the company denied his appeal, and proceeded to give all future money made from the video to Ramjets Group.

Ramjets Group, the entity responsible for the complaint, describes itself as a record label with 11-50 employees located in Colombia. Google Maps reveals the address posted to the company’s LinkedIn to be a garbage strewn residential street in a poor part of the city, and the company’s Twitter account was only used twice in 2014, when its LinkedIn suggests it was founded.

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TheFatRat took to Twitter to express his frustration with the situation “Are you f*cking kidding me YouTube,” he wrote, “This is my f*cking song!”

In a series of followup tweets, the artist revealed he is exploring the situation with his legal team, as YouTube says it will not assist in further mediation of the copyright dispute.

TheFatRat also expressed his frustration with YouTube, calling the platform’s attitude “mind blowing”, and describing the company’s copyright policy as anti-content creator.

The YouTube video, “The Calling (feat. Laura Brehm)”, was released in 2016, and was monetized by TheFatRat until this copyright strike. Laura Brehm, who provided vocals for the track, praised top YouTube content creator PewDiePie on Twitter for bringing attention to the issue.

PewDiePie described the situation on his YouTube channel, and revealed several of his own experiences with the YouTube copyright system.

“This has happened to me as well,” said PewDiePie, “I literally just sang a song, Despacito, and lost all revenue on a video for doing that.”

PewDiePie and YouTube have made headlines over the last week, after Buzzfeed and a coalition of other media companies claimed the most popular YouTube creator used the platform to guide children to smaller, anti-Semitic YouTube channels, and shamed YouTube for allowing this to happen.

This led one high school teacher to warn students that merely sharing PewDiePie’s content could land them in legal trouble, and to Alex Jones issuing a command for all InfoWarriors to subscribe to PewDiePie on YouTube.

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Banished Journalist Laura Loomer’s $1.5 Billion Lawsuit Against Tech Giants Will Be Heard in Court

Loomer will have her day in court.



Banished journalist and Florida U.S. House candidate Laura Loomer’s lawsuit against Big Tech will be heard in the court of law following an order in the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

Loomer is accusing tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter of conspiring to suppress conservative voices on their platforms. The lawsuit is challenging these monolithic corporations for allegedly violating antitrust law as well as the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

Her lawsuit had been previously tossed out by U.S. District Judge Trever N. McFadden, a Trump appointee to the bench, who stated that “while selective censorship of the kind alleged by the plaintiffs may be antithetical to the American tradition of freedom of speech, it is not actionable under the First Amendment unless perpetrated by a state actor.” However, Loomer was able to use a recent court ruling to resurrect her lawsuit despite the initial setback.

Loomer’s legal team, led by the right-wing political interest group Freedom Watch, used the precedent of Packingham v. North Carolina, a ruling which determined that it was unconstitutional to ban sex offenders from social media. The case essentially set the precedent that social media is a 1st Amendment right.

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“Many of the principles set forth by the Supreme Court in Packingham lead to what appellants believe is the natural progression of the law to hold that social media companies are liable for First Amendment violations, given the progression of technology and its infiltration into the daily lives of nearly every single person,” Loomer’s team said in their final brief presented to the court.

Loomer points to Twitter banning her from the platform at the end of 2018 after she said that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) adheres to a religion in which “women are abused” and “forced to wear the hijab.” She was similarly banned from Instagram for her assertion that Islam is “a cancer on humanity,” and Facebook, which owns Instagram, quickly followed suit and banned her even though the offending post was not made on that platform.

Loomer still cannot get her accounts restored despite the fact that she is running for the U.S. House in Florida’s 21st Congressional District, which could be considered a form of electoral interference.

Through her legal fight against the tech giants, Loomer is forcing them to reveal that they are no longer neutral platforms:

The tech behemoth Facebook has admitted that it is a publisher while defending its arbitrary censorship of banished journalist Laura Loomer, according to court documents.

Facebook banned Loomer’s account from their platform during a purge of popular conservative voices that happened in May. Others targeted by the purge included Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson. Loomer is striking back with a lawsuit that is unearthing some interesting revelations about the social media monolith.

“Under well-established law, neither Facebook nor any other publisher can be liable for failing to publish someone else’s message,” Facebook’s attorneys wrote.

Facebook actually has the audacity to claim that their 1st Amendment rights are being violated by Loomer’s lawsuit, in a total contorting of reality. They have filed a motion to dismiss the case.

“She claims Facebook labeled her as a ‘dangerous’ person who promotes hate – yet, the First Amendment has long protected such statements because they are opinions that are not capable of being proven true or false,” Facebook’s attorneys claim in their dismissal motion.

Right now, Facebook is protected under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from being held liable for the content published on their platform. This special exemption worked fine when the social network engaged in relative neutrality, but those days are no more as Big Tech is at war with conservative and pro-Trump voices.

Loomer hopes to have her ability to communicate fully restored and to make Big Tech pay for infringing on her basic rights.

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