Cat purring flagged by YouTube as copyright infringement

Web 2.0, Websites, YouTube

First they came for the cats, and I did not speak out, because I was not a cat.


Fresh questions are being raised about YouTube’s content ID system for identifying copyrighted material after the website reportedly flagged an hour long loop of a cat purring as belonging to EMI.

According to Torrent Freak that cat, named Phantom, had his purrs uploaded by YouTuber DigiHaven. As a result, the video wasn’t pulled down but monetization options were removed.

“I’m sure EMI/PRS made Phantom a sad kitty. It seems like companies such as EMI are pirating ads on people’s legit videos, so I’m wondering if they apologize to, or reimburse people for those false claims,” Digihaven told Torrent Freak.

We just hope that Phantom isn’t going hungry because of this corporate mess-up.

James O’Malley
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