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

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

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Video Creators: How-to Properly Disclose Paid Endorsement Deals

Video Creators: How-to Properly Disclose Paid Endorsement Deals

The FTC has very specific and clear guidance on how to disclose paid endorsements in video content. Any time an endorsement is made as a result of a relationship with a sponsor, the video creator must make this clear in the video itself.

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

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.

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Your Quick Guide to Reporting Freebooted Videos to Facebook

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.

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Are You Misleading Viewers? How-to Best Disclose Sponsored Videos & Why

Are You Misleading Viewers? How-to Best Disclose Sponsored Videos & Why

It's a fact that many online video creators are still not disclosing sponsorships they received for some of their video content, and that's totally against current FTC guidelines. In this week's How To's Day, we discuss how you can properly disclose your paid endorsements, and why you need to.

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Top 9 Tax Deduction Opportunities for U.S. YouTubers

Top 9 Tax Deduction Opportunities for U.S. YouTubers

If you are making a living from YouTube, then you should be paying taxes on your earnings. But like any business, there are expenses that you may be able to claim back if they have been incurred in the course of your YouTube activities.

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Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?

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.

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YouTube Videos Pulled for Failing to Declare Oreo Sponsorship

YouTube Videos Pulled for Failing to Declare Oreo Sponsorship

Oreo has been penalized for failing to declare it sponsored some YouTuber vlogging content. As the ASA and FTC begin to more actively enforce their rulings about ads in online video, where is YouTube? The site needs a feature to help creators to promote a brand without risking the quality of their content immediately.

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