There's a lot of confusion about how to copyright your videos while making them freely available on the web, and also how to use other people's copyrighted work in your videos without infringing on copyright law. We talked with a copyright and trademark lawyer, Kenneth Kunkle, about how we can legally secure the copyright of our online videos, what to do when someone violates our copyright, and how we can legally use other people's copyrighted material under the "Fair Use" provision in the US copyright law. Here's his advice on how to handle copyrights in a public and free world on YouTube.
CONTENTS OF THIS VIDEO
0:54 - How to copyright your online videos.
6:40 - Do you need to include a copyright notice with your videos? Kenneth talks about the myth of the "poor man's copyright."
8:48 - What to do when someone steals your work without crediting you.
11:13 - Is it possible to monetize cover song videos? Kenneth talks about two copyrights at play -- the copyright of the performance and the copyright of the composition -- and the licensing fees that come into play.
14:23 - Can I legally make a parody of a copyrighted song or music? Kenneth talks about four elements to think through to determine if your use of a copyrighted work is considered "fair use" or not.
19:43 - Is there a certian duration you can use copyright material in your videos without violating the material's copyright?
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