Be sure and check out the new Copyright Information from YouTube that offers:
- Manage your content on YouTube
- Copyright support and troubleshooting
- Learn more about copyright
For those who upload videos or who are thinking about going the video route, this is heartening news because if you upload any video with music to YouTube, you get an immediate Copyright Infringement notice.
The first time I uploaded a video and immediately got a Copyright Strike, I almost had a heart attack because I'm a huge supporter of copyright and was incensed that someone accused me of violating a copyright.
Why This Happens
Of course, I learned that this is the default practice for YouTube and is not personally aimed at the user uploading the video. That's their automated process for enforcing copyright protection for music.
It's a good thing that YouTube is trying to protect the rights of musicians, composers, and performers.
Since just about everything I ever published has been pirated, I wish there were something similar to protect writers' content.
How To Dispute A Copyright Strike
1. About a minute or so after you upload a video, the music on the video will trigger an automated notice. Next to the video you'll see a notice of a Copyright Strike or infringement. In your Video Manager, you'll see Copyright Notices. Click on it.
2. A window will open with information about your music which explains why you got the notice. You'll see a button to remove the music or to Dispute the copyright strike. Click to DISPUTE the notice. Fill out the form giving the reason why you say you have the legal right to use the music.
Example, if you obtained the music as a Registered User on Animoto: "The music on this video was obtained from the Animoto Music Library and is licensed for use by Animoto Registered Users. I am an Animoto Registered User."
3. You'll have to "sign" your legal name to the claim form.
4. Submit the claim. You'll have to affirm a couple of times that you wish to dispute the claim. Hang in there and keep doing it. You'll feel as if they're trying to coerce you not to dispute the claim, but just follow the procedure.
5. You'll receive acknowledgement of your claim filed along with a date that the dispute will be resolved.
6. Check your Video Manager to make sure the claim has been resolved. Check frequently until you get the notice that it's resolved because they won't email you that it has been.
7. Periodically, check your Video Manager Dashboard to make sure you have no claims. I've had a couple of instances where the claim dispute I filed seemed to "take," but a week later, I noticed that the video was again flagged for copyright infringement.
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Video is another tool in your promotion/publicity tool box. Learn how to use it, and make sure you follow the rules when you use someone else's work. Don't be afraid to assert your rights when you're in the right.