Copyright on YouTube

It may seem like all I talk about is YouTube, but I just realized YouTube provides a lot of good examples for some of the topics we discuss in class. Something I’ve experienced and I know a lot of other YouTuber creators experience is copyright when it comes to music. If you ever watch some YouTuber creators you may notice the catchy music they put in their videos. Some of the music is royalty free music, meaning that it’s free to use in production and all you have to do is a pay a small fee. Sometimes if you’re in luck you can find royalty music for free. YouTube also has it’s own audio gallery where they provide you with music to use in your videos that have no copyright issues.

Something I noticed as I started making videos was that some YouTube creators got away with using copyrighted music. They would play the latest Justin Bieber song in their videos and not get flagged or have their video taken down. They would mix the most popular present day songs for their video and still no issues. What I fail to understand is how can they get away with this especially when YouTube has a system to pick up these sort of things? No, they don’t get away with it even if they’re popular creators.

I remember when learning how to start my YouTube channel that a lot of creators talked about the 30 second rule which is basically you can use any music for 30 seconds and escape copyright detection by YouTube. For the most part, I have seen it work for some people, but others still do get caught. Also, if you do use copyrighted music in your video and get caught by YouTube, you will get a strike against your account. Three strikes and your account will be permanently removed.

The only way to use music safely for videos is to find remixes and get permission from the artist, use a song cover by a YouTube artist or like I mentioned use the free music in the YouTube audio library. Also, if you want to monetize your videos meaning get money based on views and ads, you can’t monetize a video that contains a copyrighted track. This becomes a huge legal issue if you do.

Shanice Peters


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