Whether you've had one of your videos taken down due to copyright issues, or someone else has pulled your video and uploaded it elsewhere without permission, YouTube's copyright procedures can be a little confusing. That's why we've got puppets Glove and Boots to give you the rundown about copyright rules and how YouTube handles takedown notices. Check out the video below:

This seems more geared towards younger folks, but at least it's a less boring way to familiarize yourself with how the company handles these issues. YouTube is far stricter than a site like Vimeo when it comes to using copyrighted material in your video, but where things can get really tricky is if a musician gives you permission to use their music, and they don't actually own the copyright (the publisher does). That can become a tangled mess where the creator doesn't actually have permission to let you use the music. Welcome to the world of copyrights.

Here's something you may not have known: YouTube actually allows content creators to monetize when people infringe on their videos. Here are the policies that a content creator can adopt:

Copyright holders use Content ID to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube. Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted to us by content owners. When Content ID identifies a match between your video and a file in this database, it applies the policy chosen by the content owner. Content owners may choose the following policies:

Monetize: If ads that you did not enable appear on or before your video, the content owner has applied a Monetize policy.

Block: If the content owner has chosen a Block policy, your video will either not be viewable on YouTube, or its audio will be muted. The owner may choose to allow content within your video to play in some countries while blocking it in others. While you may not be able to see your video, or hear its audio, people in other regions may still be able to view and interact with it as usual. You will still be able to view, moderate, and respond to comments on the video from the Comments page in My Messages.

Track: If the content owner has chosen a Track policy, your video will be unaffected. However, its viewership statistics will appear in the content owner's YouTube Analytics account.

Fair use is a whole other topic as far as copyright is concerned, but you can check out all of the relevant links below.


[via Tubefilter]