It wasn’t such a happy Christmas for musician Adam Manley, who publishes music videos under the name of Adam the Alien on YouTube. Manley’s Winter Solstice video ended with him singing Silent Night, and quickly being hit with a ContentID copyright alert on behalf of publishers BMG, Warner/Chappell and Universal Music Publishing Group. This, for a song composed and translated into English in the 19th century. Manley eventually succeeded in challenging the claims, and had some stern words for YouTube. “In the end, it’s fairly obvious that YouTube’s relationship with copyright is generally messy, full of flaws, and skewed toward the people with high-priced lawyers,” he blogged. “At best, these actions are the accidents of good intentions. At worst, it’s a corporate strategy that weakens the independent artist.”

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