Major Project- November 9

November 9, 2015


The copyright section was definitely the part that had the most information to navigate through. To organize the information I have divided in into the 3 subheadings they include on their site: Manage your content on youtube, copyright support and troubleshooting, and learn more about copyright on youtube.

Manage Your Content on YouTube

“If you would like to submit a notification of alleged copyright infringement, get information on what to do if you believe your video has been removed in error, or get information on how to dispute a Content ID match, the resources below will help educate you about our easy-to-use rights management processes.”

  • This is where you can submit an online form if your copyright protected work was posted on youtube without your consent
  • There is a section on retracting your copyright claim
  • Copyright owners can have Content ID to easily find if their work is being posted without permission (Content ID is something you have to apply for, and you are only approved if you have proof that the content is yours)
  • With the content ID, they can easily send people notifications if they are using material owned by someone else. This is simply a message to notify you, however some copyright owners may choose to block your video or mute the sound of your video if the background music is owned by them.
  • If you don’t follow the criteria against the content ID claim, you will receive a copyright strike. This happens when the owner of the content took legal action requiring youtube to take down the video. This puts your account in bad standing, and after 3 strikes your account will be deactivated.
  • Youtube also has a Copyright school for people to learn more about what is okay and what is not okay. You may be required to do this if you receive a strike

Copyright Support and Troubleshooting

“There’s a lot to learn about the world of copyright. If you’d like help diagnosing a copyright issue, the resources below are the best place to start. If your question is not answered here, please search our Help Center, where you will find additional information.”

  • You can check your accounts copyright notices
  • Much of this info was the same as the previous section about copyright strikes and content ID claims

Learn More About Copyright on YouTube

“Looking to learn even more about copyright? These resources will get you started, whether you’re just seeking general knowledge, or a more in-depth understanding of topics like fair use.”

This section goes through what copyright is.

  1. What is Copyright?
  • “When a person creates an original work that is fixed in a physical medium, he or she automatically owns copyright to the work. The owner has the exclusive right to use the work in certain, specific ways.”
  • Includes audiovisual, sound recordings, written work, visual work, video game software, dramatic works
  • “Ideas, facts, and processes are not subject to copyright. In order to be eligible for copyright protection, a work must be both creative and fixed in a tangible medium. Names and titles are not, by themselves, subject to copyright.”
  • In some cases it is possible to use copyright work without infringing on the owner’s copyright. (Fair Use Policy)
  1. What is Fair Use?
  • “Fair use is a legal doctrine that says you can reuse copyright-protected material under certain circumstances without getting permission from the copyright owner. Check out the videos below for helpful examples of fair use.”
  • They give 3 examples of videos that are fair use
  • Different countries have different rules
  • Goes through the 4 factors of USA law (I couldn’t find Canada anywhere on the site)
  • Addresses some myths about fair use
  • If you give credit to the owner you can still be charged with copyright
  • Even if you add your own content to someone else’s copyright protected work you can be charged
  1. Creative Commons
  • Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work”
  • you cannot claim creative commons on your video if it has a Content ID
  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  • Goes through general copyright questions, questions for youtube uploaders, and questions for copyright owners.

Reflection: This section was very overwhelming. There was a lot of interrelated content and a lot of links. It answered a lot of my questions about copyright and how it works. Again, as they had in previous sections they have a lot of helpful videos to give a quick summary. It surprised me how easy it was to report a copyright claim, and also how easy it is to retract your claim. This makes me wonder if they get a lot of false claims or people submit claims before they do their research?

I now understand the difference between creative commons and copyright. I better understand both terms after reading through the information. I read all the information so I feel more informed about the topic but I wonder how many people actually know the rules/laws and if they are following them. 


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