From the article:
At considerable expense, Christian Friedrich Johannes Büttner, the man behind successful YouTube channel TheFatRat, recorded and posted an original music video. It ran up 47m views, helping to place him among the higher echeleons of YouTube’s hitmakers.
But then a scammer—someone with no posted videos, no working contact info and no significant internet presence—claimed ownership of it through YouTube’s ContentID system.
Büttner appealed and was denied.
Worse, it was clear that YouTube had simply allowed the scam account to wait until the last possible moment to respond, then to decide for itselfwhether it was a legitimate appeal.
Currently this is a thing that happens with Youtube. Boing Boing is right, in that this is enraging. There is literally nothing you can do if someone claims your video to try and pirate your income. It’s outright theft, and Youtube has built a content ID system that favors the thief.
Youtube streamlines the ability for scammers to do this, by letting them go through their ContentID system. This isn’t a DMCA takedown, so there are no repercussions for the scammer.
I really think one of the big channels needs to sue Youtube for loss of income over this. Someone will eventually because this is crushingly unjust.