On January 15, Forbes reported that several of the biggest names in K-pop temporarily had some of their music videos removed from YouTube over copyright claims on the same day.
Within approximately an hour and a half of the mass removal, Forbes said all of the videos reappeared on the video sharing site around 7:59 a.m. EST.
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Screenshots indicate that Aiplex Software Private Limited, an Indian company, was responsible for allegedly making false copyright claims on several K-pop music videos. Over 5,000 people have signed a petition asking YouTube to ban the company.
Top girl group TWICE experienced a temporary shutdown of three music videos: “Likey” is the fifth most-viewed music video by a girl group of all time. “Like Ooh-Ahh” was the nonet’s debut single that currently sits at 280 million views. Meanwhile, their latest single “YES or YES” became the seventh-biggest 24-hour debut on YouTube at the time of its release.
“As soon as we found out the problem, we shared it with YouTube and solved it,” a representative from JYP Entertainment told Forbes. “We believed making the videos live again is the most crucial part, so we tried our best to make [them reappear] as soon as possible. While YouTube is still finding out the cause of this problem, it is good news at least that the videos are back right away.”
It’s currently unclear how other affected companies approached the issue.
BTS, the biggest boy band in the world, was affected as V’s solo “Singularity” vanished for a short period.
The copyright caper also hit a handful of current and former YG artists. Jennie’s “SOLO,” PSY’s “New Face” and BIGBANG’s “Flower Road” all were deleted for an hour and a half.
BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU” is the highest-profile music video that went missing from the video sharing site. It currently holds the title of the most-viewed music video by a K-pop girl group of all time at 604 million views. The video recently broke the record for the fastest music video to reach 600 million views — a few days after BTS became the first Korean group to reach that view count with “DNA.” For a while, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” also staked its place as the most-viewed 24-hour debut from a Korean artist.
Additionally, Jay Park’s “V” was temporarily absent from the video platform.
Forbes has reached out to YouTube, Aiplex Software Private Limited, YG Entertainment and Big Hit Entertainment for comment.