What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that protects original works of creative expression.

  • If you’re the copyright owner, this protection usually grants you exclusive rights to control how your work is used and who can make money from it. This also includes who can share it on YouTube.
  • Original videos, including those on YouTube, are subject to copyright protection the moment they’re created, not based upon who is the first to register or upload them. Specifics of copyright law can vary depending on the country you’re in, so you may want to get local advice.
  • Head’s up: We’ll cover some key concepts in this course, but the information presented here isn’t legal advice. You should consider consulting with an attorney for your copyright questions and other legal issues.


Did you know?

  • In the case of works created by an employee within the scope of employment, sometimes referred to as a 'work for hire', the employer is generally considered the owner.
  • In the U.S., you may need to register your copyright (with the U.S. Copyright Office) before filing a copyright infringement lawsuit.