WKU POP 201

Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

YouTube and Copyrights

Posted by kaufmansw on February 7, 2017

If I had to guess I would say over 90% of this class has been on YouTube at some point while some may have even uploaded a video.  But how many have you have ever read through all the rules when it comes to copyright?  How many of you have ever been watching a video and stopped because you think someone may have violated copyright?  I would say not very many have gone through this trouble to post/watch a video.  On page 50 in Spreadable Media, it states that on January 14, 2009 “youtubers” suddenly became aware of copyright issues.  YouTube had licensing problems with Warner Music Group, leading to them using an automatic tool removing audio videos featuring music from Warner Music Group artists.  The videos were still there but the music was not but allowed the user the opportunity to go back and add music.  Most people completely understood but there were some in outrage.  This honestly reminded me of the music downloading website, LimeWire.  Some people became outraged when they got in trouble for illegally downloading music.  Others, acknowledged they were in the wrong and turned to ITunes which is a legal place to download music.

While some of these copyright rules may seem petty, are very important.  Think about how you would feel if you poured as much time and effort into something just to have others use it and not give you credit.  We can most directly relate to this when we do any sort of research for an assignment in school.  We must cite our sources acknowledging that we used others information in supporting our argument.

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2 Responses to “YouTube and Copyrights”

  1. Drake Kizer said

    I agree with some of the points you made in this post, specifically the ones about using the work of others without giving them proper credit. I liked your example of how we always have to cite sources in school, so we should be doing the same online. I would like to clarify, however, that what upset a lot of users during YouTube’s 2009 purge of WMG content is that the music was not the only thing removed. For example, a commentary video with the music playing on a radio in the background had its soundtrack completely removed. A commentary video does not work anymore without its original audio, and a patchwork overlay of stock music will not fix it.

  2. tristendenney14 said

    This is a great post and I love the examples you gave. I know there have been times when I have been on YouTube and clicked on a video to listen to a song, and the song does not even play. I always thought this was someone trying to be funny or gain views, but copyright issues never even crossed my mind. Therefore, I completely agree with you and believe credit should be given where it is needed.

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