Copyright Issues on Youtube that a beginner should know about

Copyright owners are very protective of their material, getting services like Youtube Content ID which helps them with that.Youtube Content ID was established to help content owners, they are the composers and/or publishers, and distributors to control, monitor, and identify the use of their compositions or music on Youtube.

If you use someone else’s work in your video without that person’s permission, it doesn’t make it less of an offense just because you give the person credit. You’re still in violation because attributing the creator doesn’t absolve you if don’t get permission.

Two things that will happen if Youtube encounters copyright issues with your video:

  1. Take down notice- If someone notices content they’ve created being used without their permission; they can send YouTube a complaint. If it’s a breach, YouTube takes down the video.
  2. Content ID match- Content ID is a system YouTube uses to automatically match content that violates copyright against the millions of videos uploaded every month to the site. For Content ID to work properly, copyright owners have to upload so‐called reference files — original versions of their work that prove they own the rights.

YouTube scans uploaded videos against a database of audio and video content submitted to the Content ID system by copyright owners. If any content in an uploaded video (music in our case) matches content from the database, YouTube sends a copyright notice indicating that third party content has been identified on the video.

In this event there are several scenarios that may occur:

  • The video can be blocked or removed.
  • Audio can be muted.
  • A third-party Ad can be run over the video (this is the most common action) to monetize the content used in the video and compensate the content owners for the use of their content.

How to solve Copyright Issues on Youtube

You need some kind of proof confirming your rights to use the music (permission from copyright owners, their distributors, music licensing companies etc.). This might be a copy of your license agreement. You may not have a “paper” license agreement if you purchased a license online. In that case, you should provide a direct link to the license terms and conditions on that website, and a direct link to the song you purchased. Without that information it would be difficult to win a copyright dispute on YouTube.

Getting permission to use copyright material

A nicely written note explaining how you would use the content usually is enough for right holder to grant permission. There will be restrictions, just be sure and be careful on how to use the material again since it can cause you another violation or take down notice.

Youtube on finding Infringements

Part of those refinements to YouTube’s copyright detection system include sophisticated algorithms that scan every uploaded video and compare it to similar uploaded content, looking for matches with music, video, or pictures. It seems music gets detected the most. Even if it’s background music, you may get sanctioned. Usually, YouTube blocks the video, and you must submit a dispute form.