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His fans are ecstatic.
KSI’s new album, New Age, was released on Thursday, and he had even more great news for fans of the YouTube star. You can use his music however you want in your own YouTube videos, and he’s not going to go after you for copyright infringement.
On Twitter, after celebrating the new work he and fellow YouTuber Randolph released, KSI had an important announcement, especially in the wake of never-ending claims and strikes from companies on content creators who might or might not have violated somebody else’s copyright.
KSI writes, “If you wanna use our music in your YouTube videos or anything else then go ahead. We ain’t on that copyright bullshit or that claiming bullshit. We out here letting everybody eat good. This is a NEW AGE. We’re fully independent so we make the rules. Enjoy the album.”
If you wanna use our music in your YouTube videos or anything else then go ahead. We ain’t on that copyright bullshit or that claiming bullshit. We out here letting everybody eat good.
This is a NEW AGE.
We’re fully independent so we make the rules. Enjoy the album 🙌🏿
— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) April 12, 2019
Unsurprisingly, that message was met with plenty of enthusiasm.
So I can play creature in my YouTube videos and not get claimed? Fucking legend, ty.
— The Fortnite Guy (@The_FortniteGuy) April 12, 2019
— Travis (@TravisMcP) April 12, 2019
you really are just a blessing to the community love you man 💚
— ms believer (@CereSide) April 12, 2019
People were apparently also enthused by his new release, as it went to the top of the iTunes charts in the U.K.
THIS IS ACTUALLY MAD pic.twitter.com/rpAJyNyvf7
— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) April 11, 2019
In the wake of YouTube controversies involving creators and their videos who are copyright claimed by others, KSI’s announcement was interesting.
In recent months, a bevy of YouTubers has been caught up by the YouTube copyright claim system. According to the system, an outside person or company can copyright claim a video, and the ad revenue that had been going to the channel that uploaded the video automatically then goes to the person or company who claimed the copyright. The creator can appeal the claim, but YouTube doesn’t arbitrate the dispute. Instead, the person or company who made the claim gets to hear the appeal.
More appeals from the YouTuber could then result in penalties to their channel.
The system has annoyed well-known YouTubers like TheFatRat, AngryJoeShow, Smelly Octopus, Star Wars Theory, Dash Cam Owners Australia, and SpectreSoundStudios. One YouTuber even said a British company claimed his video because it showcased the Kenyan national anthem.
KSI, who has more than 20.1 million YouTube subscribers and who is embarking on a European tour with Randolph next month, doesn’t want to be the cause of that kind of misery for his fellow creators. Sure, maybe it’ll cost him money that he could have earned. But it sounds like he doesn’t care about that anyway.
Oh fuck off Piers https://t.co/TzwZGpdnWA
— KSI (@KSIOlajidebt) April 12, 2019
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.