Copyright may seem meaningless in a world where it’s so easy to share, but it does matter and you do have full rights to the work you create. While fair use can protect users from sharing and commenting on your work, it is copyright infringement to re-upload your work to another platform.
Removing your work from someone else’s channel, social accounts, or website can be painful, but it can be done. There are always ways to make it difficult for people to use your content, and with watermarks, you can at least draw attention to yourself as the original creator.
If you use YouTube in particular, there are also some video removal tools available that YouTube’s algorithm detects as containing your content. Let’s take a look at all the options for protecting your copyrighted content on YouTube and other social networks.
Take appropriate precautions when uploading content online
Unfortunately, there are platforms on the web that use content for their own benefit. While reposts may seem innocent, they can be terrifying when you find a large channel on, say, YouTube or Instagram, grab content without your permission, and profit from it.
To minimize damage when this happens, you should learn how to add watermarks to your content where possible. If you feel like there are certain frames to be taken in a video, simple on-screen text with links to your social channels can work wonders for engaging an interested audience with your content.
The tools you have for this content protection depend on what type of content you create. However, watermarks can be placed on all content, and you can even create free versions of watermarks for your patrons if you use a platform like Patreon.
Sometimes, including information in your bio or video description can be enough to deter potential thieves. You can use something like â€œCopyright protected. Any violation will be taken seriously. ”
How to remove stealing videos from your YouTube content
YouTube’s content identification system isn’t perfect, but it can be good at spotting when another channel is downloading content directly from one of your videos. You can then contact that channel directly via YouTube or request the video to be removed.
To do this, visit the Creator Studio dashboard on YouTube. Then click on the “Copyright” button in the left panel.
From here you can see any content ID matches. YouTube will tell you which part of your video matches their video and how many views they have. Then you have three options to choose from. You can click the file button to archive the match, the exclamation mark to request deletion, and the mail button to contact them directly.
You then have to fill out a form with your details and then choose whether to delete the video immediately or give them 7 days to respond and manually delete it. Be aware that if you choose the immediate option, the respective channel may receive a copyright infringement warning that could result in their channel being closed. The choice of option is up to you.
As far as copyright is concerned, YouTube ties everything together when the system is used fairly, so it’s good to see this feature available.
How to request a copyright removal notice on social media
If your content is hosted outside of YouTube, you have several options. For example, Facebook has a copyright notice form that allows you to report content that infringes your copyright. The system may not be as automated or complex as YouTube, but it is. Since Instagram is a Facebook company, you can find a similar form for Instagram content here
Under US copyright laws, Facebook and Instagram must abide by the rules for removing content that infringes copyright, so it should eventually be removed. The laws involved are quite complex and the DMCA only applies to the United States, however the European Union, Australia, and many other countries have similar laws.
If it is not on Instagram or Facebook, you can file a US Digital Millennium Copyright Notice. This will force the website host to remove the offensive content. You can find out the host of a website by visiting whoishostingthis You can then contact the hosting provider directly to send them a deletion notification.
Most hosting providers include contact details in their copyright policies, usually found in their sitemap at the bottom of their site.
The notice of deletion doesn’t have to be as complex, it just needs to include your details, as much detail as possible about the infringement, such as proof of your ownership and proof of infringement, and that you are requesting the removal of the content. down. You can use the online US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) generator to create an appropriate deletion notice and send it to your hosting provider.
In general, the process of protecting your copyright can be lengthy, but worth it. Just remember that with fair use, people can use and comment on your content, and have some freedom to recreate your work, but they can’t take your content and re-upload it right away.
Hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any questions regarding the steps in this tutorial, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.