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Fair use is a legal doctrine that says you can reuse copyright-protected material under certain circumstances without the copyright owner’s permission.
In the United States, only a court can decide what qualifies as fair use.
Works eventually lose their copyright protection and are said to fall into the “public domain,” making them free for everyone to use. It typically takes many years for works to fall into the public domain.
The length of a term of copyright protection varies depending on factors like:
- Where and when the work was published
- Whether the work was commissioned as a work for hire
You need a copyright owner’s permission to create works based on their original content. Derivative works may include fanfiction, sequels, translations, spin-offs, adaptations, and so on. Try to get legal advice from an expert before uploading videos that are based on the characters, storylines, and other elements of copyright-protected material.
The European Commission’s website has some helpful information and links about copyright in European Union countries.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has a list of international intellectual property and copyright offices where you can learn about your area’s copyright laws.
The above sites are referred to for educational purposes only and YouTube doesn’t endorse them.
Before you upload a video to YouTube, you must get the rights to all elements in your video. These elements include any music (even if it’s just playing in the background), video clips, photos, and so on.
First, reach out to the copyright owners or rightsholders directly and negotiate the appropriate licenses for your use.