Looks like Youtube is raising it's ad-free pricing, (and renaming it from Youtube Red to Youtube Premium) to fund the creation of more original content like it's current hit show Cobra Kai. They are also launching a new music service (that was already launched?) called Youtube Music, and will eventually replace the other music service (Google Play Music) that Google has also been running at the same time. Also somehow these two services overlap but have different pricing tiers.
If you're confused you aren't alone. This is a mess so convoluted it could ONLY come from Google. Jeez.
YouTube has finally made a statement following the campaign from YouTube movie reviewer Doug Walker decrying YouTube's unfair takedown and punishment policies.
For those of you behind in this story the original video that Doug posted is embedded here. Basically his argument is that most of his videos are fair-use and have been subject to DMCA requests fraudulently. He had received strikes on his channel which had caused him to lose his monetization status, which allows him to make ad-money from his videos. Unfortunately, it seems there was no human team in place to review these requests and everything was run by an algorithm. Also there is currently no penalty for filing a false DMCA takedown. Giving studio executives and trolls alike the ability to send a takedown notice on anything, just because they felt they could.
Today Google responded on their Youtube blog:
The fact that there was NO human team reviewing these requests up until now borders on criminal. Youtube is both a multi billion dollar business and the livelihood of many of the internet's biggest content creators. The fact that their videos could be pulled down , and their channels shuttered indiscriminately with no human intervention is beyond negligent.
Setting up a human team to review these requests a step in the right direction, but it's a damning example of just how little Google understands its own creation and just how important it has become for many people.