The company restored the artists' videos on YouTube, after they were taken down by a technical glitch caused by false copyright claim.
Hacker(s) went under the name of iLCreation and filed a false copyright claim which resulted on the removal of several YouTube videos by Justin Bieber, Lady GaGa, Rihanna and other artists who were associated with Sunday, August 28's MTV Video Music Awards. Vevo which hosts the video-sharing site has since restored the situation after receiving complaints from fans.
Those who were looking for the artists' videos on Monday morning were met with the message "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by iLCreation." YouTube has the policy of removing any content which violates copyright, providing both an automated system as well as manual form where users can file their claim. "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," the policy says.
iLCreation, who only joined YouTube in June and self-proclaimed as "13 years old Kid", had filed the copyright claim erroneously. Vevo identified it as false, saying in a statement to THR, "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."
The service was restored around three hours later and Vevo announced, "Ok, Beliebers...looks like everything is coming back up Thanks for your patience! Down with the hackers!" They also advised fans to go directly to the artists' Vevo.com and Vevo's mobile apps "where YouTube copyright claims never take down videos".
iLCreation has since disappeared from the YouTube-verse, possibly as a result of account termination from the site.