What Every Content Creator Needs to Know About Copyright

One of the most common problems in uploading videos on YouTube is the possibility that said video will be taken down because of a violation of copyright. YouTube is a very famous website that has to deal with the backlash from companies that notice some of its videos has content belonging to said companies.

There are three things to expect from copyright violation.

1. Prepare for a shutdown.

Much like how the law functions when it comes to driving mishaps, users who are seen as violating copyright through use of copyrighted content will have their video taken down. Said video will be replaced by a message: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by [company name]”.

This usually applies to music made by others that is used in videos, but it can include visual content as well.

2. Strikes are like traffic school.

Once the violation has occurred, users who try to appeal it and have the appeal rejected can be given a strike on their account. Resolving this involves copyright school, which requires the watching of a video on the nature of copyright infringement and law followed by having to answer trivia questions on said subject (after three months, the strike will be removed).

There is also the possibility that this can happen just by having the copyright violation occur on its own (because the company owning the copyrighted content sent a legal request to YouTube).

Here is the video one is likely to watch after the copyright strike.

3. Three strikes and you’re out.

After the strike has occurred, users are given two more chances. If copyright strikes happen two more times because of their uploaded videos, YouTube will proceed to shut down their account entirely, which involves deleting all the videos they have uploaded.
Users won’t be able to make a new account as well. To prevent this, users should complete the copyright school described above.

The nature of copyright on YouTube can be very tricky, especially when it comes to uploading videos. That is why original content is highly recommended when it comes to YouTube. It is easier to avoid this legal problem rather than fight it.

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Kevin Kwon is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley, currently 23 years old. He works in San Francisco and hopes to continue in the graduate studies regarding the field of psychology.