Have you been to YouTube copyright school?

It’s so much a part of our everyday lives that we sometimes presume that YouTube content can be shared with whoever we want however we want, embedded in a blog, on a VLE, on a public website. And yes, it’s true that a lot of the content on the site is original material which has been uploaded for the express purpose of making it available to others.

Think of all the music videos and TV and film clips there are on the site though. How many of them have been uploaded with the consent of the artists and companies who own the rights?

Historically YouTube have taken quite a relaxed approach to copyright: they don’t do much to check whether or not material has been uploaded legally. They have tightened up though in recent times. What they will now do is remove a clip if they receive what they consider to be a valid complaint from a rights holder. And they’ll ban repeat offenders.

YouTube have also added some guidance on their copyright page but doesn’t the prospect of ploughing through all that information give you a sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach? You might, on the other hand, have a few minutes for this video, in the company of cartoon super-group, er, Lumpy and the Lumpettes:

 

In a nutshell:

•    Don’t use someone else’s video without permission
•    Don’t film someone else performing and then share the recording with others—without permission
•    Don’t take someone else’s material, adapt it, remix it, mash it up. Without permission.

Point hammered home then…

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