Carnage and his publishing company, or some people posing as them, are trying to claim the rights to tracks by Apex Rise, Troyboi, Tincup and more under the pseudonym “BeatStarsBDA,” a fake company which seems to be set up to try and claim the rights to all songs with the keyword “Trap” in them. These days, lots of YouTube videos have the keyword “Trap” within them considering trap has become an extremely popular genre. Anyone can now claim rights to songs by setting up fake accounts and manually targeting artists try and get some $$ off of them it appears according to this new scandal. This is infuriating for artists as it poses a lot of issues when publishing their music to YouTube, namely, wether or not YouTube can be trusted to host such content.
Apex Rise took to Facebook to make this scandal public, stating,
“A representative of Carnage‘s publisher is claiming all of my tracks on YouTube as made by him across all YouTube channels. Me, Troyboi, Tincup and more artists are being claimed across all YouTube channels. Just know that’s not me doing that. If you received a claim, place a dispute saying the track is my (Apex Rise) property, and that the claim is incorrect.”
It is unclear whether or not Carnage or his team are behind the claims, however, the more frustrating issue is the looser screening YouTube has for these kinds of claims. As indicated by the Facebook post above, the scam appears to be intentional considering the claim is entered manually. The same illegitimate company is also trying to claim tracks posted to Trap City and Tribal Trap. Apex Rise graciously provided us with supporting evidence that effectively shows us that someone posing as Carnage and his publishing company are behind the claims and are using the pseudonym “BeatStarsBDA” in the following picture:
Either Carnage needs to be better at conducting his business, or YouTube does. It seems that YouTube has more fault in this because someone has abused their system in place. YouTube must maintain stricter policies in order for artists to trust that the site can handle music as content. Apex Rise also said,
“As long as YouTube isn’t more strict with their policies, there are going to be people abusing the system. It’s YouTube’s responsibility.”
when asked about who should take the blame at the end of the day. Maybe it’s time for them to update some policies making the site safer for artists and harder for dirt bags trying to make some extra easy cash illegally.