Popular streams by long-standing channel, Lofi Girl, were removed last weekend due to a copyright strike. Now, YouTube has restored them.
Two insanely-popular YouTube streams run by the iconic channel, Lofi Girl, were removed over the weekend, after a copyright strike was reportedly launched by a Malaysian label. YouTube later restored them, calling the attempted takedown “abusive.”
Last Sunday, thousands of uni students, working professionals, chill-seekers and insomniacs did what they normally do before knuckling down on their all-important tasks. They headed over to Lofi Girl’s YouTube channel to set the mood with the right playlist, by queuing up either one of two legendary streams: lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to OR beats to sleep/chill to.” To their horror, they were met with a blackened screen that donned the following message:
Yep, that’s right. After many years of soothing the ears and minds of loyal listeners worldwide, a copyright strike was launched on the 24-hour livestream playlists. According to screenshots posted to Twitter by Lofi Girl, the strikes came from an account by the name of FMC Music Sdn Bhd Malaysia. This is also the name of a Malaysian record label and publisher, well known for disseminating pop music.
“The lofi radios have been taken down because of false copyright strikes,” wrote the account owner of Lofi Girl on Twitter. “Hopefully @YouTubeCreators @YouTube will sort this quickly…”
— Lofi Girl (@lofigirl) July 10, 2022
After investigating the copyright claim, YouTube responded to Lofi Girl with an apology. They “confirmed the takedown requests were abusive” and declared they “resolved” the channel’s copyright strikes, thus restoring the videos. They also advised that “it can sometimes take 24-48 hours for everything to be back to normal.”
Much to everyone’s delight, Lofi Girl is now back where she belongs. Here’s one of her livestreams below, for your listening pleasure.