Video & The Law

Legal Video Guide – Learn tips for important legal issues with online video for commercial use. Here we offer news and insights into copyright infringement, fair use, trademark, right of publicity, right of privacy, defamation, trade secrets, waivers and releases – and how all of this relates to web video and digital media. Here you will find trends, tips, and insights with real attorneys and legal professionals in internet and new media law, intellectual property law, entertainment law.

Are You Misleading Viewers? How-to Best Disclose Sponsored Videos & Why [How-To's Day #4]

Are You Misleading Viewers? How to Best Disclose Sponsored Videos & Why [How Tos Day #4]

It's a fact that many online video creators are still not disclosing sponsorships they received for some of their video content, and that's totally against current FTC guidelines. In this week's How To's Day, we discuss how you can properly disclose your paid endorsements, and why you need to.

Top 9 Tax Deduction Opportunities for U.S. YouTubers [How To's Day #3]

Top 9 Tax Deduction Opportunities for U.S. YouTubers [How Tos Day #3]

If you are making a living from YouTube, then you should be paying taxes on your earnings. But like any business, there are expenses that you may be able to claim back if they have been incurred in the course of your YouTube activities.

Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?

Using Copyrighted Music in Videos: When is it Legal?

Copyright law can be a minefield to navigate, and many thousands of creators may not even be aware that they are in breach of the law by using copyrighted music in their videos. We take a look at the issues surrounding copyright, and how video creators can stay legal.

YouTube Videos Pulled for Failing to Declare Oreo Sponsorship

YouTube Videos Pulled for Failing to Declare Oreo Sponsorship

Oreo has been penalized for failing to declare it sponsored some YouTuber vlogging content. As the ASA and FTC begin to more actively enforce their rulings about ads in online video, where is YouTube? The site needs a feature to help creators to promote a brand without risking the quality of their content immediately.

Video Production and Copyright: Protect Yourself In Agreements!

Video Production and Copyright: Protect Yourself In Agreements!

If you produce video, then understanding the basics of copyright law will stand you in good stead for avoiding conflicts with clients. It could even help you negotiate effectively to earn extra revenue from your productions. If you know your rights, it will make things easier for you in the long run.

Video Production and Copyright: Innocent Infringement is Not OK

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.

Crime Fighting Video Advertising Fraud

Crime Fighting Video Advertising Fraud

If you run a digital business today, you are also inadvertently in the crime fighting business. Video ad fraud is a real and ongoing issue in the ad tech community. YuMe CEO Jayant Kadambi offers four points that digital video ad companies should all be driving home to combat the issue.

The Four Big Myths About Copyright And Online Video

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.

YouTube Tells Indie Music Publishers to Sign Up or Lose Out

YouTube Tells Indie Music Publishers to Sign Up or Lose Out

Music has always played an important role on YouTube, so it comes as a surprise that the video site is rumored to be strong arming indie labels into terms that undervalue the worth of their artists to the site. it's also a bit of a slap in the face to Indie labels who, like VEVO, have helped keep millions of viewers on YouTube.

Vimeo Launches Own ContentID System for Copyright Infringements

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.

Viacom, Google Bury Hatchet Over YouTube Copyright Allegations

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.

Loss of Net Neutrality Could Be Bad for All Online Video Business

Loss of Net Neutrality Could Be Bad for All Online Video Business

The Appeals Court decision to strike down FCC net neutrality in favor of Verizon, has massive implications for all involved, from ISPs to MSOs to consumers. But what does a loss of net neutrality really mean for the internet, and in particular for online video broadcasting and consumption?

YouTube: What Does Keep Your Account In Good Standing Really Mean?

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.

YouTube Copyright Law As Explained By Puppets from Glove & Boots

YouTube Copyright Law As Explained By Puppets from Glove & Boots

YouTube got the Glove & Boots gang to explain an often confusing topic: copyright law as it pertains to YouTube. A boring topic turns extremely entertaining when these puppets get into the topics of takedown notices, ContentID, and Fair Use.

How to License Music for Your Videos

How to License Music for Your Videos

You want to use a copyrighted song in your video. When do you need permission to use a song? How do you go about doing getting a license to use it? Luckily, there is a process you can go through and it doesn't have to be painful.