Who owns the sound of birds singing?

Learn about YouTube's flawed copyright system in today's Reddit Digest.

Mar 3, 2020, 8:16 am*



Kevin Morris

Want to read Reddit but don’t have the time? Our daily Reddit Digest highlights the most interesting or important discussions from around the social news site—every morning.

  • Who owns the sound of birds chirping? A bizarre copyright claim has launched a massive discussion on the problems with YouTube’s claim system. JuckFeebus gives a TLDR: ” Scam companies have found a way to hijack the ad revenue from other people’s youtube videos by filing bullshit copyright infringement claims. The scam works because youtube (i.e. Google) automatically rules in favor of the plaintiff prior to completing the review.” The CEO of the company involved, Rumblefish, tries his hand at an AMA, though redditors are largely not buying his answers. (/r/technology)

  • Researchers have shown off the first images of “charge distribution” in molecules. Why is this a big deal? Nanotech! (/r/science)

  • This AMA will tell you ever wanted to know about working in a Lay’s potato chip factory. The most important takeaway: Get yourself a position as a “seasoner,” not a “packer.” (/r/IAmA)

  • Reddit’s charitable subreddits get scammed all the time, unfortunately. But the scammers don’t usually make a video to brag about it. (/r/Random_Acts_Of_Pizza)

  • Why don’t we remember what happened when we were babies? Because up until you’re about two years old, your brain is a blob of still largely unconnected pink goo: “You don’t remember your early childhood because the vast majority of the connections between nerves in your brain have not formed yet.” (/r/askscience)

  • ProbablyHittingOnYou has been reinstated as an r/politics moderator. He was removed following the revelation that he was the same person as karmanaut. (/r/SubredditDrama)

  • Here is an amazing photograph of what appears to be a woman’s silhouette in the cross section of a tree branch. What caused it? A fungus. (/r/pics)

  • Have mischevious vegans been telling you that humans aren’t supposed to eat meat? r/askscience is here to set the record straight. (/r/askscience)

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*First Published: Feb 27, 2012, 11:00 am