In this day and age, it would be more than strange not to know about copyright, at least in the realm of YouTube. Some people get copyright claims and strikes almost on a daily basis, at least, the YouTube content creators, influencers and channels which use audio which might resemble something which had once been copyrighted.
It’s safer to write reviews and do textual work, for then, at least, you are far less likely to get a copyright claim. This ComeOn betting review is less likely to get copyright claimed than your video which used as much as 5 seconds of a copyrighted song. The algorithm will detect it and demonetize your video. So, if you are planning on working in the world of YouTube, here are the 7 things you should know about how copyright works, in order to deal better with the situations that will certainly happen.
If you’re going to post a song or use a song by a certain owner, make sure to know who you’re dealing with. Some labels are extremely strict about other people using their songs. If the video is yours, then it is yours, but use someone else’s song, and you are using something somebody copyrighted. All works created by an author live on as their own copyrighted material for as long as the author is alive and then some.
You create a video and you state that the song used is owned by a certain someone. However, if that certain someone didn’t give you permission to use their song, you can still get a copyright claim or strike, even. Be careful, ask for permission if you can get in touch with the author.
Fair use covers a couple of things, if you use the copyrighted content to make a parody or comedy, if you use it to make reviews, or in other words, criticize, or if you are making a commentary. It gets complicated, try not to push fair use too far.
If your video gets claimed by a copyright holder, and you dispute it, but are proven to have lied or have been untruthful, then you are in trouble, possibly legal. Be sure when you dispute a copyright claim. You can always upload the video without the copyrighted material.
If you want to use someone’s song, for example, ask them. Find a way to get in contact with the author or their label, if the label has a stake. Both can copyright claim you.
Get three strikes, and you’re out. Three in a row, that is. You can wipe your slate clean if you don’t get a second strike within 6 months. The timer resets if you get another one, so be careful.
A copyright claim means that the person claiming it will earn money off your video while a strike can lead to your channel being terminated.
The world of YouTube is a sea of copyright claims and strikes. The former will happen a lot, to everyone, but do be careful of the latter.