Shane Dawson's Jeffree Star videos taken down from YouTube over Sony copyright

A string of Shane Dawson’s YouTube videos from his Jeffree Star series have been taken down from YouTube over a copyright claim from Sony.

When trying to access affected videos, users are met with the message: ‘Video unavailable.

‘This video contains content from Sony ATV Publishing, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.’

The claim has affected videos from Shane’s second series on Jeffree’s life, titled The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star.

Videos that are currently unavailable include The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star, The Ugly Side of the Beauty World, The Conspiracy Collection Reveal, and The Beautiful World of Shane Dawson. has contacted reps for Shane Dawson, Sony, and YouTube for comment.

The claim comes after Shane has faced widespread backlash.

He came under fire for his recent video, which saw him apologise for past uses of racial slurs and blackface.

Just days later, Jaden Smith hit out at the YouTuber on Twitter for allegedly sexualising his younger sister Willow when she was just 11. The pair’s mother Jada also tweeted Shane, telling him there are ‘no excuses’ for his behaviour.

Most recently, fellow YouTuber Tati Westbrook uploaded a shocking video about her past exposé on beauty guru James Charles.

Tati apologised to James for the claims she made in the video, and accused Shane and Jeffree of ‘gaslighting’ her into making it.

She claimed the pair had fed her ‘poisonous lies’ about James and that they had been ‘bitterly jealous’ of his success.

Following Tati’s video, Shane tweeted and then deleted a message that read: ‘THIS IS A F**KING LIE AND IM LOSING ME MIND!!!!!!!!!’

He then uploaded a rant on Instagram Live, where he accused Tati of ‘fake crying’ and being ‘manipulative’ as well as repeating: ‘I am losing my mind, this is so f**cked. I can’t process this, this is insane.’

Following the racism allegations, Shane also had monetisation suspended from his YouTube channel.

According to TubeFilter, YouTube has stated that action was taken because ‘a particularly newsworthy creator’s bad behavior could have a negative impact across its collective community of creators, viewers, and advertisers.’ 

It was added that despite the age of the videos, which go back several years, ‘it warranted punishment given that new information has emerged and its impact to the creator ecosystem is current.’ 

Going into effect on 29 June, the length of Shane’s payment suspension has not been confirmed. has also contacted reps for Jeffree Star for comment.

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