Tips to PROTECT your YouTube Channel LEGALLY

Tips to PROTECT your YouTube Channel LEGALLY
What is copyright?
In many countries, when a person creates an original work that is fixed in a physical medium, they automatically own copyright to the work. As the copyright owner, they have the exclusive right to use the work. Most of the time, only the copyright owner can say whether someone else has permissions to use the work.

Which types of work are subject to copyright?
Audiovisual works, such as TV shows, movies, and online videos
Sound recordings and musical compositions
Written works, such as lectures, articles, books, and musical compositions
Visual works, such as paintings, posters, and advertisements
Video games and computer software
Dramatic works, such as plays and musicals
Ideas, facts, and processes are not subject to copyright. According to copyright law, in order to be eligible for copyright protection, a work must be creative and it must be fixed in a tangible medium. Names and titles are not, by themselves, subject to copyright.

Can I use a copyright-protected work without infringing?
It’s possible to use a copyright-protected work without infringing the owner’s copyright. Either through fair use or getting permission to use someone else's content in your video.

YouTube offers a separate removal process for videos which violate trademark or other laws.

What is the difference between copyright and privacy?
Just because you appear in a video, image, or audio recording does not mean you own the copyright to it. For example, if your friend filmed a conversation between the two of you, she would own the copyright to that video recording. The words the two of you are speaking are not subject to copyright separately from the video itself, unless they were fixed in advance.

If your friend, or someone else, uploaded a video, image, or recording of you without your permission and you feel it violates your privacy or safety, you may wish to file a privacy complaint.

Common copyright myths
Below are some common misconceptions about copyright and how it works on YouTube. Keep in mind, doing the following won’t prevent a copyright claim against your content.

Myth 1: Giving credit to the copyright owner means you can use their content
Giving credit to the copyright owner doesn’t automatically give you the rights to use their copyrighted work. Be sure to secure the rights to all unlicensed elements in your video before you upload it to YouTube. If you’re relying on fair use, even if you add original material to someone’s copyrighted work, your video may not qualify, so be sure to carefully consider all four factors and get legal advice if needed.

Myth 2: Claiming “non-profit” means you can use any content
Not trying to make money off copyright-protected work doesn’t stop copyright claims. Declaring your upload to be “for entertainment purposes only” or “non-profit,” for example, is not enough by itself. When it comes to fair use, Courts will look carefully at the purpose of your use in evaluating whether it is fair. “Non-profit” uses are favored in the fair use analysis, but it’s not an automatic defense by itself.

Myth 3: Other creators do it, so you can too
Even if there remain videos on the site that appear similar to the one(s) you’ve uploaded, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have the rights to post the content as well. Sometimes a copyright owner authorizes some, but not all, of its works to appear on our site. Other times, very similar videos are owned by different copyright owners, and one may grant permission while another does not.

Myth 4: You can use content you purchased on iTunes, a CD, or DVD
Just because you purchased content doesn't mean that you own the rights to upload it to YouTube. Even if you give the copyright owner credit, posting videos that include content you purchased may still violate copyright law.

Myth 5: Content you recorded yourself from TV, a movie theater, or the radio is ok
Just because you recorded something yourself does not always mean you own all rights to upload it to YouTube.

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