I just found out that a local news station used footage from one of my YouTube videos. Is that legal?

This is a YouTube video that I made and I am in, btw.

Is that legal? Yes… It is called ‘fair use’ for informative/educational purpose.

And, actually, all the video you upload to Youtube BELONGS TO YOU. YOU retain all the copyright to it. As a matter of fact, the second you post anything at all online or publish anything in any medium, you own the copyright to the stuff by default (meaning that you actually don’t have to do anything to gain the copyright. It’s yours automatically, providing that you created the material…. Though it would be prudent to have a ‘time-stamp’ on the thing so you can prove that you were the first to write/post the material in case somebody plagiarize/steal it).

What Youtube has is the right to distribute (to display what you have uploaded) as long as you keep the video on their site (and any of their associates’ sites)… If you remove the video, then their right to distribute continues only for a reasonable time it takes for the cache of it to disappear after you made the deletion. And any third party can use parts of your video under ‘fair use’ clause when they talk about your video.

It is much the same as the comments on this page. Every comment is automatically copyrighted to the person who wrote and post it, but Yahoo!Answer has the right to distribute it at their site without compensating you for it. Others can reasonably quote your comment, but they can’t claim your words as theirs…. So the tv news channel can show your clip (with attribution to you or to youtube), but there is nothing illegal unless they claim to be the creator of the clip…. and providing that they aren’t doing it to make money off your stuff.

Here’s what’s on Youtube’s Term of Service:
"you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in User Videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Videos from the YouTube Service."

Post Author: mark

28 thoughts on “I just found out that a local news station used footage from one of my YouTube videos. Is that legal?

    Bird

    (February 12, 2010 - 8:42 am)

    yes
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    snow girl ;)

    (February 12, 2010 - 9:00 am)

    Oklahoma State Alum

    (February 12, 2010 - 9:41 am)

    Yes. I assume you didn’t copyright it, so it’s in the public domain now.
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    D. Lightning

    (February 12, 2010 - 9:53 am)

    well if you were doing someting ilegal they can use it cus it is evidence.. if not i don’t beleave they can with out premission..
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    Daniel B

    (February 12, 2010 - 10:35 am)

    Unless you have a patent or copyright on your video(s), then it is legal.
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    Elmo<33

    (February 12, 2010 - 11:03 am)

    Um, I think that when you upload a video onto YouTube, they own it.
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    swimming bob

    (February 12, 2010 - 11:53 am)

    yeah. its on the terms and agreements thing.
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    Amie M

    (February 12, 2010 - 12:30 pm)

    I don’t really know if it is legal. I don’t think it is but they should ask for persmission before using it.
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    RandomLoss

    (February 12, 2010 - 12:38 pm)

    Bopper

    (February 12, 2010 - 1:02 pm)

    Anything copyright? Then, Yes.
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    mrystry1

    (February 12, 2010 - 1:08 pm)

    yes
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    bluejack211

    (February 12, 2010 - 1:31 pm)

    Your publicly displaying information for anyone in the world to access. YES it’s legal…
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    T. Rezzy

    (February 12, 2010 - 2:02 pm)

    No (I think) because you did not authorize this.
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    $&%# I don’t know

    Ava

    (February 12, 2010 - 2:17 pm)

    they should have asked you, out of courtesy, but they dont have to.

    you do realize that youtube is a public website, and anyone can access it?

    maybe you should contact the news, and ask them to remove this footage of you, from their newscast/story.
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    jozzep

    (February 12, 2010 - 2:25 pm)

    Yes it is…
    When you post videos to a public site like youtube,it’s free game.
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    flinch387

    (February 12, 2010 - 3:04 pm)

    there is a way to copyright anything put on the internet but if you have not done that they are free to use it anyway they want.

    Btw i would post a link to the news article and your video.
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    Nichole C

    (February 12, 2010 - 3:45 pm)

    yes, it is legal. you put the footage on line for all to see and that is exactly what happen. if you have a problem with them doing this then I suggest that you quit posting on youtube.
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    akbacrdteeflg

    (February 12, 2010 - 3:57 pm)

    I believe it is, check the youtube terms of service and all of those things you check yes on when you start your youtube account. This should tell you if it is. It most likely is.
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    Jamie H

    (February 12, 2010 - 4:26 pm)

    Well, for anything like this to be illegal, you MUST copyright it. Otherwise, they can use your sixth grade english paper if they wanted.
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    el_santuario

    (February 12, 2010 - 5:01 pm)

    Yes. Check out the "Terms of Service" and the end of every YouTube page.
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    Ian?!?

    (February 12, 2010 - 5:29 pm)

    By posting the video on youtube you sign all rights of the video over to the youtube coorperation. The local news station was within its legal boundaries when it played "your" video.
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    psychologist_4u

    (February 12, 2010 - 6:07 pm)

    Yes, unless the ‘material’ is copyrighted, if you post stuff of yourself it’s advisable to make them private so that only your friends and those you share it with can view it.

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    Anil Chauhan

    (February 12, 2010 - 6:42 pm)

    Without your copy right permission no one can take anything for granted.
    If you have copyrighted your content you can go to the you tube site for.
    Copyright Infringement Notification

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    http://in.youtube.com/t/copyright_notice

    Ari the Destroyer

    (February 12, 2010 - 6:50 pm)

    Yup. You don’t own the copyright.
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    OpernKatz

    (February 12, 2010 - 7:35 pm)

    Is that legal? Yes… It is called ‘fair use’ for informative/educational purpose.

    And, actually, all the video you upload to Youtube BELONGS TO YOU. YOU retain all the copyright to it. As a matter of fact, the second you post anything at all online or publish anything in any medium, you own the copyright to the stuff by default (meaning that you actually don’t have to do anything to gain the copyright. It’s yours automatically, providing that you created the material…. Though it would be prudent to have a ‘time-stamp’ on the thing so you can prove that you were the first to write/post the material in case somebody plagiarize/steal it).

    What Youtube has is the right to distribute (to display what you have uploaded) as long as you keep the video on their site (and any of their associates’ sites)… If you remove the video, then their right to distribute continues only for a reasonable time it takes for the cache of it to disappear after you made the deletion. And any third party can use parts of your video under ‘fair use’ clause when they talk about your video.

    It is much the same as the comments on this page. Every comment is automatically copyrighted to the person who wrote and post it, but Yahoo!Answer has the right to distribute it at their site without compensating you for it. Others can reasonably quote your comment, but they can’t claim your words as theirs…. So the tv news channel can show your clip (with attribution to you or to youtube), but there is nothing illegal unless they claim to be the creator of the clip…. and providing that they aren’t doing it to make money off your stuff.

    Here’s what’s on Youtube’s Term of Service:
    "you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in User Videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Videos from the YouTube Service."
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    http://www.youtube.com/t/terms

    ................

    (February 12, 2010 - 8:12 pm)

    All video footages uploaded to youtube or any other internet public web sites are not protected by laws for copying.

    Had you sold the rights to youtube to allow viewers to see and copy your footage then it would be a different situation.

    The Internet was first created for sharing freely and was never intended to be regulated by Laws. Then some users started using it with ill intentions and others started demanding their rights online. This resulted in Government getting involved.

    This my friend is where your question comes in.

    Times are changing and eventually the Internet will be regulated
    entirely by Governments. Like it or not… it will happen in the future.

    So for now, instead, you should be really enjoying the fact that a TV station is using your videos from YouTube.

    Don’t it show they like your video?

    Enjoy the freedom while you can.
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    kcuy93

    (February 12, 2010 - 8:46 pm)

    iy you didnt copyright your video then it is legal… but, if you did copyright it it is very illegal…
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