Having a great video but no great music is the worst. Maybe it’s worse: spending time, energy, and money creating a killer video, only for the music copyright owner to mute or block your creation! How to avoid being copyrighted on YouTube?
Original work of authorship is protected by copyrights (intellectual property rights). The creator has the sole right to decide whether and how others may use his or her work. Anyone who owns copyright may not authorize others to do the same.
How Copyright Acts Protect Videos On YouTube
People who write original works of art that are “fixed in any tangible medium of expression now known or later developed” can get legal protection under the Copyrights Act. These works can be seen or reproduced, either directly or with the help of a machine or device.
YouTube videos are clearly protected by the Copyright Act in the same way as video and audio recordings made for TV, movies, radio, or any other device.
The Copyrights Act gives the copyright owner the right to do the following things:
- Make copies of the copyrighted work.
- Create new work that is based on the owner’s copyrighted work.
- You can sell or give away copies of the copyrighted work, or you can rent or give away phono records of the work.
- It’s legal to perform the copyrighted works of the person who owns them. You can do this in person or through an audio or video transmission. You can perform the works of the person who owns them in public.
- You can show off the owner’s copyrighted art, including individual images from a movie or other audiovisual work, in public.
How To Not Get Copyrighted On YouTube And Avoid False Claims
As long as you are creating original content, you may not have to be concerned. However, if you are using other people’s work to create content for your YouTube channel, you may be required to adhere to the following rules to avoid being sued for copyright infringement.
- Before using someone else’s work, make sure you get their permission first. Assume that if you didn’t create the work, you can’t post it on YouTube for free because you don’t own it. Before you post anything that you didn’t create, check for a license or permission from the copyright owner. If you can’t get permission, use free-to-use music and photos from a website like Creative Commons.
- Make sure you’re familiar with the terms of the license. A surprising number of authors and artists prefer that their work be made public. They frequently make their work available for free or in exchange for credit. The licensing agreement will contain all of these conditions.
- Look for a legitimate purpose for the work. Your YouTube video may qualify for the fair use exemption if it uses copyrighted material for educational or non-commercial purposes. If you’re unsure if your use of copyrighted material is fair, you may want to consult an expert before posting it online.
For further clarifications, you may read the YouTube content policy to understand what comes under Copyright Claims.
What Happens When You Infringe An Artist’s Copyright on YouTube?
Please be aware of the repercussions if you choose to disregard our wise advice and use copyrighted music without permission. Your video will serve as a form of grounding for you. Indefinitely.
Any of the following can happen if the content owner discovers that you used their work without permission:
- Keep track of how many people have seen the video without doing anything else
- Running advertisements in your video can help you earn money from it (the copyright owner gets the money, not you)
- mute the video (your video will still be available, but no sound will play)
- Your video will no longer play (your video becomes unavailable and YouTube may penalize your channel)
No use in trying to deceive the Almighty. Google, the company that owns YouTube, has a poor track record of commercial success.
You may get away with infringing on someone else’s intellectual property for a while, but the internet gods will eventually turn on you and deem your efforts worthless. Avoiding copyright infringement is your best bet.
I hope you now understand how to avoid being copyrighted on YouTube. The simplest answer is to create your own content and avoid using other artists’ content in your videos, such as music, videos, or images.
And if you want to include content from other sources, you must obtain fair use permission to use it legally in your videos.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve recently received copyright claims and don’t know how to get them removed. I can assist you in resolving copyright claims relating to your YouTube channel.