WTF?

Published on January 8th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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This YouTube Video Has Been Hit with Five Copyright Violation Complaints. When You See It, You’ll Go “WTF?”

This YouTube video runs ten hours, but you’ll get the gist of it within about five seconds.

That’s it. Ten hours of white noise and static.

The uploader is a music technologist named Professor Sebastian Tomczak who is interested in white noise. He posted this video two years ago and has since received about 1500 views. Yet the machinery at YouTube says his video has received five copyright violation notices.

Seems silly, right? Actually, no. There are hundreds and hundreds of similar videos posted by people who understand the value of white noise. It’s good for concentration and can help you fall asleep. I should recommend it to my mom to cover up her tinnitus so she can finally get to sleep.

Here’s another example of a noise video. This one has had 2.5 million views.

This is actually an extremely competitive space on YouTube, so the filing of copyright violations isn’t all that surprising. Read the whole story at Digital Music News.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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