Know when you need copyright permissions

Before you upload your next great video, you should secure the rights to all parts of your video. This includes video clips, photos and any music, even if it's not the main focus of the video.


How do I gain the rights to use someone else’s content?

1. Get permission. Reach out to the copyright owners directly and negotiate the appropriate licenses for your use. YouTube cannot grant you the rights to use content that has already been uploaded to the site or help you to find or contact the people who may be able to grant these rights.
2. Look at the license. Licenses have explicit permission for using the content and often include limitations for how the content is used. You should seek legal advice for any licensing agreement to be certain which rights are granted and which rights are reserved by the owner.

If you wish to use someone else’s YouTube video, you may want to reach out to them directly. Some users list ways they can be contacted in their channel. Learn more about how to contact other users here.

Head’s up: Just because you purchased content or give the copyright owner credit, doesn't mean that you have the rights to upload it to YouTube. Be very careful when accepting purely verbal or “handshake deals.”