YouTuber Jameskii Could Lose Channel Over CollabDRM Copyright Strikes

James "Jameskii" Prime is a Danish YouTuber with more than 1.4 million subscribers. His content has him playing games and making video edits of popular trends like Fortnite, TikTok and Roblox. But his attempts to expand his audience have recently hit quite a few copyright claim bumps in the road. Jameskii just released a video titled "My channel is in trouble because of a joke," which details his struggles YouTube's copyright claim system.

A company, influencer or organization that believes that their content is being stolen and their IP infringed upon can make a copyright claim against a YouTube user. Receiving one strike prevents a user from live streaming until the strike is lifted. With two, you can't upload any new videos for a few months. After three strikes, your channel gets deleted.

On December 19, Jameskii uploaded a video in his "Jameskii Ruins Roblox " series, which contained 30 seconds of a Tekashi69 song. This was copyright claimed by Live Nation Video Network and a strike was placed on Jameskii's channel. He accepted that this video would be claimed and that he would be stuck with one strike on his channel.

A few weeks later, CollabDRM placed five different claims on his "I GOT BANNED ON TIK TOK" video "without giving any explanation whatsoever," according to Jameskii.

"This will significantly harm me though, affecting my future growth and overall livelihood," Jameskii told Newsweek over email.

Collab is infamous for striking channels on YouTube; Twitch streamer Alinity went viral when she claimed on her stream that she was going to use the company to "copyright strike" Pewdiepie. These claims against Jameskii's were over a Rebecca Zamolo TikTok used in the video. Jameskii said that he managed to get in contact with Zamolo's husband through the group chat they were both in, which led him to Rebecca on Discord.

Jameskii told Newsweek that a representative for CollabDRM reached out to him after the video went live. The rep asked if he wanted to liense the clips and "know what the claims are," Jameskii said.

Fans of Jameskii have been posting on twitter with the hashtag "#SAVEJAMESKII."

Jameskii appealed these claims twice, but CollabDRM holds all the power. Every time Jameskii argues that his 14-minute video shouldn't be be subject to a copyright claim for a five-second clip, that claim goes back to CollabDRM for review. Since Collab said that the claims were accurate on both appeals, Jameskii could either deny the claim, accept the copyright strike or sue Collab in court. YouTube channel H3H3Productions, piloted by Ethan and Hila Klein, was famously striked by Matt Hoss, who didn't like the video the couple made about him. Hoss eventually lost his claim, but not after the Kleins spent more than $100,00 on legal fees over several years.

"YouTube isn't really at fault here. Collab exploited their tool to make it as vague as possible in my eyes," Jameskii said. "If I could get a choice how to fix it, (I would) force the claimant to specify what exactly was claimed." Big creators have been reaching out to Jameskii to show their support, "asking if they can help without asking them for anything" which "really means a lot" to the YouTuber.

A representative for CollabDRM reached out to Newsweek and said "we don't want to be the bad guys." CollabDRM had contacted Jameskii in the past few weeks, which they received no reply. They are also willing to end this whole dispute "for a small monetary" fee and credit to the creators.

Updated 4:10 p.m. EST with quotes from Jameskii.