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Monetization while showing copyrighted photos, music, or video, within a video

kevin392

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Hello,

My name is Kevin and I am new to youtube and trying to wrap my head around monetization of videos while including copyrighted material within a created video.

For example, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of celebrity-orientated channels where youtubers display different celebrity photos which are likely copyrighted by the photographer. In my case, I wish to upload some videos discussing certain bands and within my video, I'd like to show several photos of them from past to present. The photos would likely be copyrighted to somebody. Is a person within fair-use to display copyrighted photos when describing someone and if not, how the heck do so many people get away with it with slide shows?

Another example is using a video within a video...think reaction videos...I have seen reaction videos spike in popularity and it appears many get away with monetizing it. Many of the videos feature music and official promo videos by the artists and I wonder what happens when the artist claims rights to the video with content ID. When content ID happens, doesn't all monetization of that video cease for the uploader? The same could be asked about audio. I, personally, have had content ID claims for having 5 seconds of copyrighted audio that was picked up by my phone, while walking through a store.

Very confused.
 

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You're only seeing the ones who have yet to be caught. You can't see the thousands (millions) that have already been taken down or those who are claimed by another party.

Their technology only continues to get better and better. At some point, any footage used without permissions will be found. Is it worth the risk?
 

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Another example is using a video within a video...think reaction videos...I have seen reaction videos spike in popularity and it appears many get away with monetizing it.
Reaction videos are in a grey area considered "commentary" and part of "fair-use". As far as I'm concerned (personal opinion), it's fairly unoriginal content. Some people get away with monetizing it... it's still bad content :) News & Parody are in the same category, but are generally seen more positively in that regard.

When content ID happens, doesn't all monetization of that video cease for the uploader?
A content ID claim is just means a piece of copyrighted content was tagged/identified in a video. What happens to the video after that is up to to how the copyright owner has configured their claim on that content. They can opt to monetize the video themselves, block all monetization on the video (i.e. demonetized), allow the owner to monetize the content and they take a "cut", or even that the owner can take monetize the entire video. Some copyright holders just want to know how much their content is being used and still allow it, and some copyright holders are Disney. Beware the Disney :)
 

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Think of it this way, if you talk about a particular band and happen to use small parts of their music video and have a discussion video about it.. would/should they be upset by it? Fair use allows for review or parody of copyrighted content; and your video is probably also generating hype for that particular musician as well. If a large Youtube channel promotes a small musician (for free), do you think that musician would sue them for it. Reaction videos are similar in idea -- a channel with 3 million subscribers who do a reaction video on a movie trailer, for example, is indirectly promoting that movie. Heck, they should get paid by the movie producers to make that kind of video.
 

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It feels like fair use is getting lost in the copyright claim feeding frenzy. But, it seems like audio gets flagged faster, and more often, than pics or vid clips. Probably because it is easier for them to scan for. I just try not to use anything that might get flagged. Better safe than sorry (but making travel vids, music is really my main concern)