[Merlin] CDLTD

[Merlin] CDLTD

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[Merlin] CDLTD,[1] also known as [Merlin] Phonofile, and often referred to mistakenly as simply Merlin, refers to an online network that claims to be a digital rights agency. Although the group first appeared online in 2007, it did not reach prominence until several years when it began to issue copyright claims against Montage Parodies and Let's Plays, and later in 2016 when it issued claims against higher profile channels such as NFKRZ and I Hate Everything.


According to the Merlin website, the group was formed back in 2007 to help protect clients' digital rights against piracy.[2]


On November 13th, 2013 YouTuber mp4podcastDOTcom uploaded a video talking about both [Merlin] Phonofile, and another company, named IDOL, and how the claims they have made on his videos are false, and that they do not own the rights to the videos they claimed (shown below).

Later in 2015 [Merlin] CDLTD began claiming various videos, typically let's plays. Several threads on Reddit began springing up about the company questioning whether or not it was a legitimate company or not.[3][4][5] On February 24th, 2016, YouTube critic and comedian, I Hate Everything, uploaded a video detailing how [Merlin] CDLTD had filed a false claim against his Damn Daniel video (shown below, left). The following day, montage parody creator NFKRZ also uploaded a video explaining that [Merlin] CDLTD had filed a false claim against his Damn Daniel video (shown below, right).

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How an organization like this can exist for any length of time on You Tube is a perfect example of everything wrong with You Tubes system.

Anyone can claim your video without any evidence, and it's on you to prove that it's original, not on the people making the claim.

I feel like claiming I created Pewdiepie in a remote mountain lab and claiming all his vids, but it feels way too much like being a thieving asshole to me.


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