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How To Avoid Copyright Infringement On YouTube

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Imagine how you would feel if you discovered someone had stolen your iPad and showed it off to everyone claiming it was their own. I bet you would be annoyed and upset, well that is exactly how I felt when I realised someone had stolen one of my videos and uploaded it to their own YouTube channel.



In 2007 I created a video and uploaded it to my Metacafe channel, (Metacafe is a video sharing site), but in June 2013 I found my video on YouTube. At first I was surprised, I had never uploaded it to YouTube and I had never given anyone else permission to use my content. My surprise turned to anger when I realised at least six people had copied my video and generated a total of
1.3 million views on YouTube.

The real point is the unauthorised copying of anyone's work is theft. There is a common misconception that content available on the Internet is free to copy and re-use, but most of the time this is not true. The internet is just like the regular world where copyright protects the crea…