You know how you have all your friends sharing with you the most awesome VIRAL VIDEO that they’ve seen today?
Don’t you hate it when those viral videos that they think are awesome are some video that you’ve seen, like, TWO MONTHS AGO?
If the video is truly meant to be viral, everyone in the world would be talking about it at that moment in time. Viral videos don’t take months upon months to reach saturation – they’re relatively instant when they hit.
But all viral videos have to start somewhere. How would YOU like to be the FIRST PERSON TO SEE A VIDEO and then be the one to promote it?
How many times have you clicked over to watch a video your buddy sent you, only to find yourself clicking around and around at other random clips you’ve never seen before, until the next thing you know you’ve wasted your entire lunch hour and haven’t even left your desk?
Copyright is an important aspect of online life today, and not very many people understand it.
“The Internet is FREE”, they claim. “Everything on the Internet is free for the taking!”
No, not so much. Rule number one of Internet legalities: Just because someone posted it on the Internet doesn’t mean that there is no copyright or that the material is free to be shared/taken.
Fact is, the very act of writing something yourself gives you an automatic copyright to that material that YOU created. Let’s emphasize that YOU created portion again. It has to be original work from YOU for you to claim the copyright – and even then, you can only claim the copyright on the portion that YOU edited.
Even large mass-edited projects like Wikipedia have a copyright… but Wikipedia explicitly says that the individual Wikipedia editors can’t claim copyright on the text that is contributed directly to Wikipedia articles — just adding the text to Wikipedia grants Wikipedia a licence to make that text available for public use. (Content that is already copyrighted outside of Wikipedia and still contributed by the original author falls under a different set of copyright guidelines — be sure to read that WP article for all the copyright details that may pertain to you.) Continue reading IS THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO LEGAL? CHECK OUT THE YOUTUBE COPYRIGHT SCHOOL TO LEARN MORE→
So when we see reports that Friday has only earned around $45,000 so far, Web Watch begins to question who is right when it comes to calculating payouts and royalty checks for viral YouTube videos. So let’s take a look at this again, shall we?