Wednesday, June 26, 2013

YouTube Copyright Explained By Puppets

Copyright can be confusing, especially when it comes to YouTube. Most people who post videos use someone else's music, which they usually don't own or pay for, and are later surprised when they're presented with a takedown notice. That's not the end of it though, as copyright has a number of additional aspects to it that attempts to make it easy for all parties to come away satisfied.

Here's a set of copyright rules for YouTube courtesy of reelseo that also has some great links to more detail, if needed. Below that is a movie by Glove And Boots that attempts to simplify the rules with a bit of humor.

Here's the set of rules:
  • If you upload original content on YouTube, you're protected by copyright.  If you upload another creator's content, they're protected by copyright.
  • If your original content is stolen by someone else, YouTube has a takedown notice policy.  All you have to do is send a copyright infringement notice.
  • ContentID is triggered automatically when you upload content that has audio or video that has been claimed by another copyright owner.  So while the video is processing, ContentID is already working on the video to make sure it's completely original content.
  • In some cases, the uploader has paid money for the rights to show copyrighted content, and in that case, people can file a dispute.  The process can start straight from your YouTube Video Manager.
  • There are two ways a video can be removed or blocked: the takedown notice and the ContentID match.  To see the difference between the two, click here.
  • Sometimes, though, the takedown notice is in error, or malicious.  In that case, you can use a counter takedown notice.  Under Fair Use, you are commenting, remixing, or criticizing (and a few other "ings") copyrighted content.
Thanks, Glove & Boots, for making this boring topic fun to watch!


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