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On September 14, 2015 the Lenz v Universal Music the case also known as the “dancing baby” case was recently decided by an American court.
In the Lenz v Universal Music 2007 case a mother uploaded a video of her 13 month old baby dancing to Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy. She later received a DMCA takedown notice for her video from Universal music. Lenz sent Universal Music a counter notice, and her case was taken up by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
The case of Lenz v Universal Music 2007 has now been decided upon, the Judges decided that before copyright holders can issue a DMCA notice as they did in this case, they must first consider whether the person using their content, can freely do so under the law of Fair Use. This gives YouTubers greater room in which to use copyrighted content in their YouTube videos and avoid copyright infringement.
Do you want to use a popular song, video game or TV clip in your YouTube video? Watch this video to learn how you can avoid copyright infringement in your YouTube Videos.
Copyright infringement on YouTube is a big deal, if you infringe someone else’s copyright on YouTube, your YouTube video could get taken down.
There are three main ways in which you can avoid copyright infringement on YouTube and still use copyrighted content. These are
1) Using content that is available under a Creative Commons Licence
2) Directly getting permission from the copyright owner
3) Using the law of Fair Use in the USA, known as Fair Dealing law in the UK
If you do not use of these three options its likely that your use of someone else’s copyrighted content will be breaking the law and also YouTube’s copyright rules.
YouTube tracks copyright infringement’s by using software known as Content ID matches, this allows copyright holders to easily monitor YouTube to see if someone else is using their copyrighted content without permission and videos taken down for copyright infringement. A take down of your YouTube video is known as a YouTube copyright strike.
Learn more about out how you can avoid breaking copyright law and YouTube’s strict copyright rules and legally use copyrighted music, video games and TV clips on YouTube by watching this video.
If you have any more questions about using copyrighted music, video games, TV clips and other types of content on YouTube that you would like us to answer, post your questions in the comments section below.
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