Learn About the Copyright Disclaimer for YouTube

Copyright Protection Learn About the Copyright Disclaimer for YouTube

Everything You Need To Know About the Copyright Disclaimer for YouTube

YouTube is a modern-day source of entertainment we often turn to. If you frequently post on YouTube, you should get familiar with how copyright works. Before you post anything, you should consider whether it violates copyright laws.

If you have used somebody else’s work in your video or song, you should be aware that you might be accused of copyright infringement. Luckily, under certain circumstances, you can include other people’s work in your content on YouTube without copyright owners making a copyright claim against you. To learn when and how you can do it, find out more about Youtube copyright disclaimer and fair use. 

Fair Use and Copyright Disclaimer on YouTube

Fair use is a U.S. doctrine under which you can use copyrighted material without permission of the copyright holder. To ensure fair use of copyrighted content, Section 107 of the Copyright Act allows the use of copyright-protected content for the purpose of:

  1. Criticism
  2. Comment
  3. Teaching
  4. Research 
  5. News reporting

This act also prevents copyright owners from abusing their rights. 

When you post content on YouTube that contains parts or wholes of somebody else’s work, you can write a disclaimer to protect yourself from getting accused of copyright infringement. The disclaimer of fair use indicates the purpose of your borrowing other people’s work in your videos and. Beware that disclaimer does not guarantee that you won’t get a copyright notice

Fair Use Copyright Disclaimer

When creating a disclaimer for your YouTube video, you should include the following:

  1. The statement that you use a part of the copyrighted work of other authors without their permission
  2. Tell the purpose of your video and what part of fair use can be applied to it
  3. Put a link to Section 107 of the Copyright Act

Content ID and Fair Use on YouTube

If you think that you can use three seconds of a song and not violate any copyright laws, you are wrong. Even a few seconds of borrowed material might be subject to a copyright claim. 

Having a disclaimer and giving credits to the copyright owner doesn’t mean that you are protected from being accused of copyright infringement. You should be aware of this if you post any videos on YouTube.

Owners of the copyright-protected material can make a Content ID claim on YouTube. This system is automated and can’t recognize fair use, so don’t panic if you receive a copyright strike and if you are sure your content is within the domain of fair use. If you receive a Content ID claim, you can: 

  1. Dispute it 
  2. Delete the infringing material
  3. Share your earnings with the original content creator

Fair Use or Not?

YouTube has nothing to do with deciding whether someone’s copyright has been infringed—all copyright claims are solved in court. What YouTube can do is remind the copyright owners to check whether the material they think is infringing on their copyright is used in the domain of fair use.

When your case gets to court, the judge will make their decision based on the fair use constituents: 

Fair Use Constituents No Copyright Infringement Copyright Infringement

Purpose and Character

  • If your work is “transformative,” i.e., it gives a new meaning to the copyrighted material
  • If you used copyright-protected work for the public interest purposes, such as commentary, criticism, or news reporting
  • If you only copy content without the owner’s permission without adding new meaning to it

Nature of the Copyrighted Work

  • If you used a factual copyright-protected work—you have more freedom to use facts from biographies or news
  • If you copy somebody’s fictional work—generally, novels and such get more copyright protection 

Amount and Substantiality of the Copyright-Protected Work Used

  • If you took only small portions of someone’s work to spread your message
  • If you use quotations when reviewing a book or moving
  • If your usage of any part of copyrighted work reduces its value

Effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

  • If you take a part of the content from work that is no longer sold or was distributed for free
  • If you use the copyrighted works for no-profit purposes
  • If you damage the market value of the copyright-protected work you use

If you want to avoid infringing on someone’s copyright, use YouTube’s Audio Library to find music for your videos.

Has Someone Stolen Your Content on YouTube? Take Action to Protect Your Work

If you believe someone misused your work and violated the fair use doctrine, you can make a Content ID claim on YouTube. Issuing a Content ID claim does not mean that YouTube will block the video that contains your work.

Another way to claim your rights is by filing a DMCA takedown notice against that person. DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is a law that protects copyright owners. When you exercise this right for your YouTube content, the company will block or delete the infringed video.

Use DoNotPay to learn more about DMCA protection.

Use DoNotPay To Claim Your Rights and File a DMCA Notice

With DoNotPay, you won’t have to deal with Content ID claims on YouTube. You also won’t need to spend hours creating a solid DMCA takedown notice—we can do all of that for you!

DoNotPay can write a DMCA claim on your behalf in no time! What is best about it is that you won’t have to spend large amounts of money hiring a lawyer to do it for you. You will save a lot of your precious time you would spend on studying copyright laws. 

If you think you found content that infringes your copyright, take the following steps to file a takedown notice with DoNotPay:

  1. Log in to DoNotPay via any web browser
  2. Choose the DMCA Takedown option
  3. Give us the name of the content you want to dispute
  4. Provide links to both your original work and the material that infringes it
  5. Verify your information
  6. Tap Sign and Submit

You can see the results in the My Disputes tab. 

You don’t have to have your work registered or possess proof of ownership to make a copyright claim through DoNotPay.

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Do you want to find out more about copyright? You can use DoNotPay to learn about copyright infringement cases or copyright duration. If you are interested in how other popular platforms protect the author’s rights, check out how copyright functions on Facebook and Instagram

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