Some people (like JUICE) can only study or work with music playing. If you fall into this category, you’re most likely familiar with the works of Lofi Girl on YouTube, whose music accompanies us when we burn that midnight oil.
On 10 July, Lofi Girl posted a tweet regarding their videos being taken down due to false copyright strikes.
— Lofi Girl (@lofigirl) July 10, 2022
According to the screenshot, the copyright claim came from FMC Music Sdn Bhd Malaysia, a local record label.
At the time of writing, the two videos reported are still not available to stream. The first being lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to with over 668 million views, and lofi hip hop radio – beats to sleep/chill to, at almost 130 million views.
Yesterday, YouTube replied to Lofi Girl’s tweet clarifying that the takedown requests were abusive and they have terminated the claimants account.
Judging from the apologetic tweet, we may just be able to stream the videos again in 24-48 hours.
confirmed the takedown requests were abusive & terminated the claimants account 😔 we’ve resolved the strikes + reinstated your vids – it can sometimes take 24-48 hours for everything to be back to normal! so sorry this happened & thx for your patience as we sorted it out ❤️🩹
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) July 11, 2022
However, one commenter stated that while YouTube said that FMC’s account is terminated, their YouTube channel still seems to be up and running. Could someone be impersonating FMC? Or maybe taking down the FMC account would take 24-48 hours too?
A Reddit thread is currently speculating that the account that reported the copyright strike isn’t the same account registered to FMC’s official YouTube.
Being one of the longest running streams on the platform, locking in at a whopping timestamp of 20,843:51 (ongoing non-stop for 2 years), viewers all over the world mourned Lofi Girl’s hiatus with the hashtag #BringBackLofiGirl.
— DailyLofiDoodles (woa gay) (@lofi_funkin) July 11, 2022
YouTube’s shitty copyright system put the lofi continuum into a state of disbalance, light cannot exist without darkness and darkness cannot exist without light, and my headcanon is that Dark Lofi Girl and Lofi Girl are besties so #BringBackLofiGirl pic.twitter.com/ZtSX0YsimQ
— ChronoFactor (@GormentFood) July 11, 2022
— Otacon (@PatheticCards) July 10, 2022
As fans, we’d like to see Lofi Girl’s music restored as quickly as possible. Hopefully, this would just be a well-deserved study break for her <3