Copyright permissions overview
Hi, I'm Jon- here to answer all of your copyright questions and today’s topic is copyright permissions.
How do I get permission to use someone else's content in my video?
If you want to include copyright-protected material in your video, you’ll generally need to get permission first. YouTube can’t grant you these rights, and we can’t help you find the people who may be able to grant them to you. This is something you’ll have to research and handle on your own or with the assistance of a lawyer.
Be very careful when accepting purely verbal or “handshake deals”. Also note that in terms of music, getting permission from an artist may not be enough. In some cases, artists hand over the rights to their labels, and can't give permission even if they say they can. They also may need permission from the songwriters, or permission for any samples that have been used in the recording.
Though we can’t help you directly, YouTube’s Audio Library is a great way to find background music or sound effects that are free for you to use.
Why was content I purchased or recorded myself removed?
Just because you purchased content doesn't mean that you own the rights to upload it to YouTube. Even if you give the copyright owner credit, posting videos that include content you purchased may still violate copyright law. For example, purchasing a movie from the Google Play Store doesn’t give you the rights to use it in your video.
Also, just because you recorded something yourself does not always mean you own all rights to upload it to YouTube. If what you recorded includes someone else's copyrighted content -- such as concert footage of a live music performance or performing a song that somebody else wrote -- you would still need to get permission from the appropriate copyright owners.
Why was my video removed or blocked while other similar videos can stay up?
When a copyright owner reaches out to us about a video that infringes their copyright, we respond promptly. If there are other videos that remain on the site that appear similar to the one we've removed, we’re likely either not aware of them, or don’t have reason to believe they’re infringing. Sometimes a copyright owner authorizes some of their works to appear on our site, but not all. Other times, similar videos are owned by different copyright owners, and one may grant permission while another does not.
Why doesn’t YouTube remove this video that is clearly infringing Copyright?
In order for YouTube to remove the content in question, we have to be contacted by the copyright owner or an authorized representative. This process is dictated by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the DMCA.
YouTube also has Content ID, our own digital fingerprinting copyright management system. It exists in parallel to the copyright notice and takedown process and allows copyright owners to manage their content at scale on YouTube. Videos uploaded to YouTube are scanned against a database of files that have been submitted to us by copyright owners who have access to Content ID. Copyright owners get to decide what happens when content in a video matches a reference file they’ve provided. They can either choose to block, monetize, or track the video. That means even if a video is still live, it may have been authorized to stay up on YouTube because it has already been claimed by the copyright owner through Content ID.
And that’s it for Copyright permissions! Check out more info in our Help Center linked in the description below, and be sure to check out the other videos in our Copyright series linked here.