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.

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.

Google's New VP9 Codec: Better Video at Half the Bandwidth?

Googles New VP9 Codec: Better Video at Half the Bandwidth?

Google wants their new VP9 codec to be royalty-free, but patent disputes could prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, VP9 is supposed to have double the image quality using half the compression of H.264. In other news: H.264 could be H.265 soon, so there's that.

Ray William Johnson Throws Down Gauntlet to Maker Studios

Ray William Johnson Throws Down Gauntlet to Maker Studios

Ray William Johnson left Maker Studios back in October 2012, and then...things got ugly. Johnson is claiming that Maker Studios is holding his AdSense account and won't give it back. And now that the original contract has expired, he says he still hasn't gotten it. RWJ to Maker: Lawyer up.

Should You Disclose Your Real Identity on YouTube? Pros, Cons, and Tips

Should You Disclose Your Real Identity on YouTube? Pros, Cons, and Tips

Google and YouTube have been pushing their users harder for full identity disclosure, but do you really know what you stand to gain, and lose? Before you commit to giving out your real identity across your YouTube and Google+ accounts, weigh the pros versus the cons with this list I’ve put together, and then decide for yourself if it’s really in your best interest, not just Google’s.

How to Copyright Your Video Content Online & Protect Ownership [Creator's Tip #65]

How to Copyright Your Video Content Online & Protect Ownership [Creators Tip #65]

Being that most of us are career marketers or video professionals, copyright protection, ownership, trademarks, fair-use and other legal matters that relate to the internet can be a bit confusing to understand.  How should one go about copyright protecting video content for the web?  How ...

How to Appeal A Misidentified or Improperly Claimed Video: When YouTube Content ID Goes Rogue

How to Appeal A Misidentified or Improperly Claimed Video: When YouTube Content ID Goes Rogue

It seems like it takes YouTube eons before they address an issue that is near and dear to the hearts of creators.  We shout into an interminable vacuum and get no response, we don't think they care.  They are way too busy always changing the ...

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