Dodging Copyright Issues

My mom got me a Canon (G7X Mark 2) camera, and I’ve proven that no job is too big or too small for my camera. My fiance and I enjoy documenting random moments in our lives, and because of that, our documented content ranges from quick deli stops to full-blown vacation mini movies. While creating the presentation of our stories, we need to mindful of a few copyright concerns before publishing.

According to the United States Copyright Office, copyright “is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. A specific issue that interests me is the monetization of videos on Youtube in exchange for money.

The monetization of a video requires that the material presented is, in fact, unique, policy-abiding, and is “advertisement-friendly”.  By policy-abiding, I mean that the content is allowed by law in the location which it is trying to be seen. For example, the song “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj is banned in Germany. Meaning, that if I wanted an audience from Germany, I should not use Truffle Butter in my video, Otherwise, it wouldn’t be available to stream in that country.

When choosing a song for one of our many projects, Omar and I make sure that the audio files are eligible for monetization through the creator studio in Youtube. The creator studio tab is found near the sign-in icon on the top-right corner of the Youtube Webpage.

To assess the eligibility of a song, one should click on the create tab which is found on the left of the creator studio page. A list of popular songs pop-up, but one has the option to search for whichever song they’d like through the search bar on the right corner.


Once a song has been chosen, Youtube will provide the music policy on the song- which includes information regarding whether ads can be viewed or not, and if it is allowed worldwide.



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