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10+1 ways to avoid YouTube copyright penalty

January 25th, 2013 | Ksenia Dobreva

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Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

Mark Twain

A Bitter Cookie Case

My good friend Anny once came to me with a case that is very popular on the web and expectedly not evident for a simple user though.

Anny runs a website on fitness tips and tricks. She decided on setting up a YouTube channel to gain traffic and engage targeted audience. While surfing she came across a nice video on protein fat free cookies and uploaded it to her channel. It worked, Anny got some fresh new visitors, the video was discussed, and everything went okay.

But suddenly she received comments blaming her for using content that is not hers. Anny messed up because she didn’t want to assign the video and earn money with the help of it for sure. She was afraid that the video would be deleted following by her YouTube account removal.

Still the video is on, but now Anny asks me if she has a right to do such things in the future. Did she violate one’s copyright? Well, let's see. Read more »