I thought it was funny when my own band got a copyright strike for uploading a live version our own song. Apparently CD Baby had upload the “official” YouTube versions when they pressed our CD. Nothing is monetized so no one was getting paid anyway, but it was still weird.
Ohio State University has officially registered a trademark for the word "THE" after a nearly three-year battle to clinch legal branding access to a word that's deeply meaningful to the school's overall identity.
The largest YouTube royalties heist in history is just a spotlight on a much larger problem.
Worth a read on what's going on with scammers. There's a lot of money to be made at enough scale. The white noise and Charles Wesley hymn trolls (corporations and individuals alike) are playing the long tail. If they can claim enough under the radar stuff, it actually becomes profitable across millions of views. Long tail strategies like this are common with what seems like impossibly low payouts. Web page ad revenue is not unlike YouTube music streaming revenue in this respect. Search engine spammers often go for similar strategies to get clicks. You can try to compete for high dollar traffic on very competitive search terms (the classic example is "Buy Viagra"), or you can generate endless amounts of content that ranks high for very low volume search terms. That works because of all the billions of people on the internet, even a tiny percentage of them is a lot of clicks, and with enough content spanning enough topics, it simply scales up to a whole lot of clicks.