If you are using someone else's content on YouTube, it is almost impossible to avoid copyright infringement. By default, any original work posted on the Internet is protected by copyright, be it photographs, texts, music or videos. In December 2013, YouTube changed its copyright protection policy to allow copyright owners to tag their content.
This measure was taken to ensure that large companies, owners of copyrights to their works, do not suffer losses due to users illegally uploading entire films to the Internet.
What is copyright
When an individual or legal entity creates an original product that is recorded on a physical medium, the copyright for that product is automatically assigned to it. Copyright registration is no longer needed. Owning a copyright allows a person or company to use a product in a particular way. Copyright protection covers products such as:
- audiovisual works, including TV shows, films and computer games on the Internet,
-music works, -texts, including lectures, articles, books, -visual products, including paintings, posters, advertisements, -video games and computer programs, -dramatic works, including plays and musicals.
Can copyrighted products be used in videos without breaking the law?
In some cases, it is possible to use copyrighted works without breaking the law. This is what is called fair use. Such cases include the use of the material for the purpose of commenting, news reporting, criticism, research, education. This can be done even without the permission of the copyright holder.
In all other cases, you will become a copyright infringer, even if you indicate the author in the caption to the video, you will not monetize the video, record the content from television, in the cinema or on the radio, buy content on iTunes, CDs or DVDs.
Is it possible to record a video for YouTube and use someone else's music?
Very often, videos created for YouTube use the music of famous authors, for example, a famous song. In this case, we are talking about copyright infringement, and the copyright holder can accuse you of violating the law.
To legally use the music you want in a video, you need to purchase a license for it. It should be purchased from the recording company.
Unfortunately, companies often refuse to discuss the purchase of a music license with individuals. But if they agree, then such a license can cost a lump sum.
If you do not want to violate copyright and cannot buy a license, then you better not voice the video at all. However, it is possible to add music to the video. When creating a video, YouTube offers the opportunity to use one of the free tunes, the list of which can be found in the "audio" section, which is indicated by the "musical note" icon under your uploaded video.
YouTube allows you to use song search. You might get lucky and find the tune you want on this list.
If you have uploaded a video that has already been voiced, then after its publication, in case of copyright infringement, the inscription "Coincidence with third-party content" will appear next to it. This means that YouTube has convicted you of illegal use of audio material. Fortunately, the situation can be remedied. By clicking on the comment, you will be taken to a page where you will be asked to remove the sound from the video. Then you can choose one of the tracks from the free collection on YouTube for the video.