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YouTube Copyright: How to avoid not getting paid

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You are highly welcome to another segment of our youtube “how to” tutorial, This time, about Youtube Copyright. I’m hoping by now you already know how to start a YouTube channel and the necessary video making gears you will be needing to kick start a standard and profitable vlogging career.

Today, we will be dealing with everything you need to know about YouTube copyright and how to avoid not getting paid by YouTube for your services. We understand how crucial and important these things are to your YouTube business and overall growth which is why we’ve decided to take it upon ourselves to enlighten you.

Therefore, this is going to be a completely packed and detailed article. A complete eye opener for you and your business. So, simply stay glued to this page and gently sip your cup of coffee while I take you into the heart of the matter.

Youtube Copyright Law

Youtube copyright

I am a staunch advocate of the popular saying that “To whom much is given, much is expected.” As a result, I believe as a YouTuber, sharing original contents on your YouTube channel at all times should be your watchword and priority. Ain’t that even why you are a YouTuber in the first place?

However, I know there are sometimes you just can’t help but include the work of another author into your video, be it a music clip, or short video scene to help spice up your video contents. But the problem is, some of these contents might be copyrighted and a copyright suit is an affair you definitely don’t want to get involved in.

Nevertheless, you should know it is a tricky business because if you ain’t careful, you wouldn’t get paid for the video and you will most definitely get a slammed with a youtube strike which is tantamount to you losing your youtube account after three consecutive times and we know you definitely don’t want that.



1. Have a clear understanding of the youtube copyright law

Just like you need to have a clear understanding of any business you plan on going into it, so it is in the YouTube business. Therefore, as a youtube, you must understand the youtube copyright law before using any copyrighted content.

Copyright theft is as serious an issue as plagiarism in the writing field. Therefore you should understand it properly because something you clearly understand can not confuse you.

Note: You can always check the copyright icon on your youtube page for more comprehensive details.


2. Always link the artwork to the original creator

I’m so certain you would never like for your intellectual property to be stolen or illegally copied right under your nose. Like that’s your hard work for goodness’ sake right? 🙄 As a matter of fact, I’m certain if you catch such a person, you’d give ‘em the whopping of their lives for stealing. Therefore, if you’ll be using the work of another author, it is only right for you to attribute and link such contents to the original creator.

This will enable it not to look stolen. Also, your viewers will know the original owner of the idea and you won’t be regarded as an intellectual thief. Never try to cash in on another person’s intellectual property because you stand a very high chance of losing your credibility in the long run. You can use flipped youtube videos in Ted Ed. It helps link your borrowed content to the original source thereby saving you issues of copyright theft.

You can also use the different modern-day referencing formats such as the MLA, APA or Chicago referencing style in your video description link.


3. Make the copyrighted content short

Although there are no laid down rules or principles as to how short or long the copyrighted art you intend using is meant to appear in your video. But simply note that the shorter it is, the better for you. You can make it 2 seconds, 3 seconds or even 30 seconds but be sure to always make it short and simple.


4. Ensure to always drop a comment or respond to the copyrighted work

Ensure you write the titles of all the copyrighted artworks you included into your videos in the description section. A well-detailed outline of the contents titles and its owners so as to show the original creators of the content to your audience. Also, always reply to comments regarding any copyrighted work you used. For example, one of your audience might probably ask a question like “the movie clip you used in 00:30 was gotten from what movie?” or “what is the title of the background song playing?” Always endeavor to answer them. Don’t leave the questions unanswered.


5. Carry out a transformation of the original artwork

You can’t just import a completely full copyrighted content into your YouTube video because that is you simply invoking the YouTube copyright strike. Instead, carry out a transformative work on the copyrighted audio or video content. Convert it into your own. It’s more or less like paraphrasing a written text.

All you have to do is understand the clip and format it into your own style. By modifying the original art, you stand a chance of not being slammed with a copyright strike.

For example, if you borrow short movies or audio clip scenes to use in your YouTube video, all you have to do is to probably make an audio mix or a video mashup of the copyrighted contents thereby overruling it from looking like the original artwork.


6. Decontextualize the copyrighted work

This simply implies using the copyrighted work out of context. Changing the contents meaning to mean something entirely different. In this aspect, you can employ the art of sarcasm or irony in choosing the copyrighted work you want to attach to your video. This changes the content from looking like the original and also saving yourself from a copyright slam.

I guess you now know the steps to take before attaching the work of another author to your video content. By implementing all these tips clearly and religiously, you are safeguarding your youtube channel and mind from any stress that comes with a copyright strike. So be sure to have properly checked the copyright status of any artistic content you intend to use.

I know all these tips might be looking like hard work or too difficult a task for you to carry out but simply bear it at the back of your mind that it is a burden you have to bear for the safeguarding of your channel and its growth. I will be giving you bonus tips of sites where you can get copyright and royalty free sounds for your videos.



1. YouTube Audio Library

You can use the YouTube audio library for copyright free songs and sound effects which you can include in your videos. These are high quality and royalty free audio tracks and sound effects available on YouTube. You can access the youtube library by going to your YouTube channel, go to creator studio, click on create (which is located on the lower part of your desktop) then click on the audio library where you automatically get access to free and good music to use with your videos.

YouTube gives you a whole host of varieties of genres of songs to pick from. Sounds that can suit into any mode or type of video you intend making. It’s basically the home of good sounds. Another plus side to using the YouTube audio library is, you’ll never get any issues in the near future when you use sounds from the YouTube audio library. It’s a complete no issue attach music library because you can monetize your videos for life without any worries.

2. YouTube Channels

There are also youtube channels where you can get copyright and royalty-free audios from without paying a dime. These channels include NoCopyrightSounds, VlogNoCopyright, TrapNation, BassNation, and many more. With these channels, you can get EDM sounds, blues, upbeat, pop and all sorts of other genres you prefer. You can use the 4k downloader to download songs that do not have any direct download link included

All you need to do is reference the artist or provide a link up to the page where you got the sound from in the description of your video. But note that not all of these youtube channels accept for their videos to be used for commercial purpose, therefore, make sure you do well to read the video’s usage descriptions so as to know if they are suitable for commercial purposes or not. Read each YouTube channels terms of use properly before using any of their contents.

Now know this, the downside to using contents from these YouTube channel is that, when these artists become strong and popular and then decide to upload their music on SoundScan which is a platform that tells YouTube the song is now a copyrighted content, you stand a chance of losing your monetization power over such video. That is all your former videos which you had used the song as a background sound may automatically become affected. They might become demonetized or the profit you make from such videos becomes transferred to the owner of the sound.

Note: the keywords for any type of free music you’ll be needing is “Royalty free or copyright free music” unless you intend buying.



I totally suggest getting free music for your videos but I believe, If you are thinking of taking the YouTube business seriously and to a greater height, you should consider investing in sites that provide sounds for a few fees or on subscription bases. For instance, YouTube sites such as audioJungle and EpidemicSound provides you with top quality music packs that come with complete rest of mind. Although they may seem pretty expensive due to their charge rate which depends on your audience base, I solely advise you to go for them if you have the funds.

The best part is, there is no downside to getting music from paid music sites because you are already covered with complete immunity from any form of copyright issues. You get full legal and complete rights to the sounds. You can safely monetize your videos with no fear of being demonetized in the future.

Don’t forget to reach out;

If you’ve ever had a youtube copyright strike or have gotten the required 1000 views on YouTube and you still aren’t being paid, do not hesitate to send a message. I would love to hear from you. Also, if you have ever used the YouTube copyright form and had the issue resolved or not, still drop a message. I would really love to learn from you.

Remember we grow from helping each other. I look forward to seeing your messages and I will do well to answer every one of them. Don’t forget to check our page for other valuable information on vlogging. We are your one-stop shop for every important vlogging info you’ll ever need.


Disclaimer: Please note that we are not a legal firm and this information do not constitute a tool for legal advice. Therefore, you should not depend on this information for legal advice. Rather use it at your own discretion. Also, note that we can not be held responsible for any legal discrepancies that you might encounter. 

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