I was miffed to discover over the weekend that YouTube has muted most of my home video movies! I like making silly little movies with my kids and will sometimes put background music on during the opening credit sequences. I use YouTube so my relatives can watch the movies without having to email and store large video files. Harmless stuff, and I paid for the music to begin with, and never use the whole song. Well as far as YouTube is concerned, I'm just a copyright-flaunting pirate! They don't want to have to sort out the "guilty" from the "innocent" and try to determine what is "fair use", so they are just muting all videos that use pre-recorded music. How can they tell music that is user-created from music that is pre-recorded? One piece of music was from a 20-year old low-quality classical music recording, about 30 seconds of Beethoven's Fifth. I would have thought that was public domain or something, but I'm not a lawyer. Apparently someone is threatened by me using this snippet of music. I understand why YouTube wants to cover their butts and not get sued, and to be fair it is a free hosting service. But can't they see that all that is going to happen is... a) people are just going to re-submit over and over. or b) people are going to find somewhere else to host their videos. To me, a lot of the fun stuff on YouTube are the home-made videos that people have created. They are for the most part harmless stuff that in no way takes away any money from the creators. In most instances I see these as free advertising. So, where does this all stop? Will I now have to worry about showing certain images and trademarks in my videos? What if someone walks by wearing a T-shirt with a Nike logo on it? What if someone drives by and their car radio is blasting a song and that gets picked up in the audio track by accident? One other thing: the policy is inconsistent. They muted my entire "Three Little Pigs" movie, but they did not mute the teaser trailer that I made, which contains exactly the same song. Also, they did not remove or mute any portion of my "Birdnapped" movie, which borrows heavily from other scenes of existing movies! I figured that one was practically begging to get cut, but it didn't. It's just crazy.