copyright

Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. It is a form of intellectual property (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete.
Copyright initially was conceived as a way for government to restrict printing; the contemporary intent of copyright is to promote the creation of new works by giving authors control of and profit from them. Copyrights are said to be territorial, which means that they do not extend beyond the territory of a specific state unless that state is a party to an international agreement. Today, however, this is…

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Using Copyrighted Music On YouTube

Do you want to use music in your YouTube videos but are unsure about the copyright issues? Do you want to use licensed tracks but not sure where to start? We answer 10 of the most pressing questions that creators and publishers have about using copyrighted music and audio tracks in their video content.

YouTube Taking Steps to Improve False Copyright Claims

YouTube's ContentID system was put in place to control copyright violations, but the Fair Use system is complicated and many creators have fallen foul of false claims and takedown requests. Now YouTube has confirmed that it is trying to do right by the community and look into the issues created by these false copyright claims.

The Fine Bros Backlash and the Problem with Licensing Video Content

This week, YouTube megastars The Fine Bros announced that they are offering a licensing deal on their “React” video series, but this has caused a huge outcry among other creators who say Fine Bros Entertainment have no hold on the copyright. We take a look at the details.

Facebook Video Billionaires: Record Breaking August Views

For the first time ever, three Facebook pages have generated over 1 Billion video views in a single month. All are compilation pages, which upload video content that is going viral elsewhere, but their huge numbers of followers ensure that the video posts get millions of views per upload.

Why the YouTube 301+ View Counter Change is Important

The YouTube view counter freezing at 301+ views has been a source of frustration for many creators over the years, even though it was introduced to stop spammers inflating views by whatever means they could. Now it's being dropped in favor of more up-to-date stats, and that's a good thing for everyone.

6 Killer Reasons Why YouTube Is Still King of Online Video

From the amount of hype and buzz other video sites have received in the past couple of years, you'd think YouTube was dead in the water. But far from it. Google's video platform still has some killer features that make it the king of online video.

Why User-generated Video Needs the Same Protection as Branded Content

User-generated video content is often openly freebooted, with third parties monetizing that stolen content with little legal consequence. But UGC video deserves the same kind of rights management that branded content enjoys, but too many amateur creators are unaware of the protection they are entitled to.

Your Quick Guide to Reporting Freebooted Videos to Facebook

Freebooting continues to be a serious issue for a huge number of creators who are seeing their video content being redistributed with no credit at all. It's a very real problem on Facebook, and in our handy guide, we take you through the process of reporting the offenders and reclaiming your intellectual property.

Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?

Copyright law can be a minefield to navigate, and many thousands of creators may not even be aware that they are in breach of the law by using copyrighted music in their videos. We take a look at the issues surrounding copyright, and how video creators can stay legal.

Facebook and Freebooting: Is Enough Being Done to Protect Video Creators?

Freebooting is the act of uploading other people's original content for personal gain, and it is becoming a huge issue in online video. Facebook doesn't have a comprehensive copyright tracking feature right now, and too many users are getting away with uploading (not just sharing) content that doesn't belong to them.

When Does a Parody Video Become a Full-on Brand Attack?

The parody video is a very popular genre on YouTube and other on-line video sites, but how should brands respond to that content when it crosses the line and becomes a reputation management issue?

Video Production and Copyright: Protect Yourself In Agreements!

If you produce video, then understanding the basics of copyright law will stand you in good stead for avoiding conflicts with clients. It could even help you negotiate effectively to earn extra revenue from your productions. If you know your rights, it will make things easier for you in the long run.