Engadget reports that certain YouTube channels are trying to crowdfund their YouTube piracy. Plenty of pirated content is available on the platform, and some accounts are asking for donations.
Edgar Alvarez discovered YouTube’s dark secret while stumbling upon episodes of Kitchen Nightmares. There are entire channels that do nothing but upload KN episodes, and of course they aren’t affiliated with Fox, which owns the rights to the show.
And the owner of a certain channel asked viewers for donations to fund the uploading of this copyrighted content. This same owner even has a Patreon page with various levels of contribution. Thankfully they don’t have any patrons.
But companies like Patreon don’t have a legal liability unless they receive a complaint from the content owner. A spokesperson for Patreon said: