Justin Bieber YouTube Site Restored After Glitch Takes Down Videos

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A false copyright claim led to the removal of several videos from the Vevo-hosted site.

A technical glitch wiped several of Justin Bieber's videos from YouTube early Monday morning. Fans looking for the videos were met with the message "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by iLCreation."

iLCreation filed a copyright claim against Beiber's videos, which led to YouTube removing them from its site.

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YouTube removes any content that is question to copyright claim. Its policy states, "Anytime YouTube becomes aware that a video or any part of a video on our site infringes the copyrights of a third party, we will take it down from the site as required by law. If you believe that a video on the site infringes your copyright, please send us a copyright notice and we'll take it down."

Vevo, which hosts the Bieber microsite, said that iLCreation had filed the copyright claim erroneously. The company said via Twitter Monday, "We are working on false copyright claims on Bieber, Gaga YouTube videos ASAP. All videos always on VEVO."

A company spokesperson also told THR via email, "A few videos by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga were briefly taken down by YouTube as a result of false copyright claims. This issue has been resolved."


Once service was restored, Vevo publicly wrote, "Ok, Beliebers...looks like everything is coming back up Thanks for your patience! Down with the hackers! youtube.com/justinbiebervevo."

Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" video was also affected by the copyright claim, which Vevo addressed, "Hey Monsters. #BadRomance is also back up. Thanks for your patience!"

Vevo advises fans to go directly to artists' VEVO.com and VEVO’s mobile apps --  "where YouTube copyright claims never take down videos " -- should similar issues arise again.