Common areas of confusion

Just because you or your brand appear in a video, doesn’t mean you own copyright over that work.

Other legal protections

Copyright is just one form of intellectual property. It's not the same as trademark, which protects brand names, mottos, logos, and other source identifiers.

YouTube also has policies to handle other situations, such as privacy violations, harassment, and harmful content. See below for procedures. To find out more, review our Community Guidelines and Reporting & Enforcement tools.


Other legal protections and reporting tools

Trademark Privacy Harassment & Cyberbullying Harmful Content
“A video improperly uses our brand name or distinctive mark.” “I appear in this video without my consent.” “Someone is maliciously attacking me online.” “I found a video that incites violence/dangerous activity.”
Trademark complaint Privacy complaint Reporting tool Flagging tool