copyright

Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. It is a form of intellectual property (like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret) applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete.
Copyright initially was conceived as a way for government to restrict printing; the contemporary intent of copyright is to promote the creation of new works by giving authors control of and profit from them. Copyrights are said to be territorial, which means that they do not extend beyond the territory of a specific state unless that state is a party to an international agreement. Today, however, this is…

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Video Production and Copyright: Innocent Infringement is Not OK

The world of copyright infringement is often very confusing. We bring you some insight from a top attorney who specializes in the constantly changing areas of copyright, trademark, and intellectual property, about two of the biggest myths: you must register your work to protect it, and innocent infringement is OK.
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The Four Big Myths About Copyright And Online Video

Copyright protection has changed from a practical standpoint since the age of the internet. While the laws protecting creators have strengthened since 1996, the practicality and ease of using copyrighted images and videos makes protecting your work a constant challenge. We take a look at the four big myths surrounding copyright and online video.
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Vimeo Launches Own ContentID System for Copyright Infringements

Vimeo is rolling out its own ContentID system to ensure that the videos on the site follow community guidelines when it comes to copyright infringements. 'Copyright Match' will be triggered as soon as there is even the slightest hint of an audio or video match, and will cause a video to be flagged for review.
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Why the Twitch Purchase is Great for YouTube But Could Suck for Twitch

The rumor that YouTube will pay $1 billion to acquire Twitch is great news for YouTube and makes perfect sense. Google created a great feature with Google hangouts and although they integrated it well with YouTube, it never gained traction as a community based streaming tool. Acquiring Twitch, even at the steep cost of $1 billion, would instantly give YouTube the top online streaming community.
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Music Labels Make More Money From Mashups Than Official Videos

User-generated mashups and other types of unofficial music video content are making the global music publishing industry a ton of money. Record labels are making more from ad revenue from mashups, lip-syncs and fan tributes than they are from their own official music videos.
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Capture Your Best PS4 Gaming Moments Via HDMI Soon!

Sony is tearing down, or more accurately, building a gate in the walled garden that is the Playstation 4 HDMI stream. They announced recently that a couple updates would allow for video capture via the HDMI signal in the near future. Plus, some better collaboration with Twitch and Ustream. Are they getting soft on video copyright protection? Ha! Don't make me laugh...this IS Sony after all.
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Viacom, Google Bury Hatchet Over YouTube Copyright Allegations

The Viacoogle war is over! Viacom and Google settled out of court in a copyright lawsuit that's gone on longer than many have been watching video on the web (heck longer than I've been at ReelSEO). After seven grueling years it seems that Viacom is satisfied with Google's handling of copyright infringement now and decided to end it.
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YouTube Copyright Changes Take Down WatchMoJo [Update: It's Back]

WatchMoJo, one of YouTube's biggest partner channels saw its account terminated yesterday for alleged copyright infringements - even though these claims had been swiftly released by licence holders like Fox. The channel is now back but it's been a turbulent few hours for them.
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Viral GoldieBlox Video Sparks Copyright Claim From Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox and The Beastie Boys are locking legal horns over the use of the track "Girls" in a video which has notched up 7.4 million views in under a week. GoldieBlox claim the song is used as a parody so it falls under Fair Use but the group disagree and are claiming copyright infringement.
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YouTube Finally Steps In To Moderate Content Partner Vs MCN Disputes

YouTube are stepping in as the third party between content partners and multi channel networks during a dispute. They have launched a featured which allows partners to begin the process of being released from their contracts. MCNs are also being told to be more transparent in what they are offering.
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YouTube: What Does Keep Your Account In Good Standing Really Mean?

Do you know if your YouTube account is in good standing or what that even means? Do you know the difference between a copyright strike and a community guidelines strike? How do you know whether your video has triggered a Content ID match? Read our guide for more details.
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Studio Pulls Negative Game Review From YouTube Citing Copyright Issues

Another gaming company has pulled the copyright card against a YouTuber for making ad revenue from a review that heavily criticises the Day One: Garry's Incident game. The YouTuber claims it's a censorship issue rather than a copyright one and it's turning into a PR disaster for the studio.
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YouTube Launches Royalty Free Music Resource For All Users

YouTube have launched a small but significant audio library of 150 royalty free instrumental tracks that video creators can use as much as they want with any monetary charge or copyright issues. Using unlicensed music on YouTube is a headache for all concerned so this is a welcome feature.
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LicenceID Aims To Solve YouTube, Vimeo Copyright Issues For Good

Copyright issues on YouTube can be a messy affair, particularly if the person being accused of infringement has permission to use the content being contested. New software called LicenceID hopes to end the confusion for all parties involved.
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Want To Contact YouTube? Here's All The Info You Need

It's a sure thing that anyone that has used YouTube seriously, either as a creator or an avid user, has come across an issue with the site that they can't resolve on their own. YouTube isn't easy to contact but they do provide resources that you can use to get in touch, and we list them here.