Copyright Tips

Copyright Tips

What is copyright? Copyright is a form of protection provided for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, graphic and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy, but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.

What is copyright infringement? Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.

Posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the termination of your account, and possibly monetary damages if a copyright owner decides to take legal action (this is serious—you can get sued!). Below are some guidelines to help you determine whether your video is eligible or whether it infringes someone else’s copyright.

As a general matter, we at Get Scared TV respect the rights of artists and creators, and hope you will work with us to keep our community a creative, legal and positive experience for everyone, including artists and creators.

How To Make Sure Your Video Does Not Infringe Someone Else’s Copyrights

The way to ensure that your video doesn’t infringe someone else’s copyright is to use your skills and imagination to create something  completely  original. It could be as simple as taping some of your friends goofing around, and as complicated as filming your own short movie with a script, actors, and the whole works. If it’s  all  yours, you never have to worry about the copyright—you own it! Make sure to follow the other guidelines in the terms of use, too.

Be sure that all components of your video are your original creation—even the audio portion. For example, if you use an audio track of a sound recording owned by a record label without that record label’s permission, your video may be infringing the copyrights of others, and may be subject to removal.

What will happen if you upload infringing content?

 Anytime Get Scared TV becomes aware that a video or any part of a video on our site infringes the copyrights of a third party, we will take it down from the site as required by law. If you believe that a video on the site infringes your copyright, please send us a copyright notice and we’ll take it down. If you believe we’ve removed a video that you uploaded in error and that you are the copyright owner or have permission, you can file a counter notice and let us know. Accounts determined to be repeat infringers may be subject to termination. Users with suspended or terminated accounts are prohibited from creating new accounts or accessing Get Scared TV’s community features.

What is fair use?

In many countries, certain uses of copyright-protected works do not infringe the owner’s rights. In the United States, copyright rights are limited by the doctrine of “fair use.” In certain other countries, there is a similar concept called “fair dealing.” It is your responsibility to understand the relevant law and whether it protects the use you have in mind.

In the United States, fair use can only be determined in a court of law. To determine whether a fair use defense is valid, judges examine the allegedly infringing use according to four factors. Uses for criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research  may  be considered fair. Get Scared TV/Google provides an excellent tutorial on copyright and the law. To view it click here.

If you plan to use even a small portion of copyrighted material, we’d strongly advise you to take legal advice first. Get Scared TV cannot make determinations of fair use.

External fair use resources:

For more information on US copyright law and fair use, you may wish to consult the following sources:

Please note that the external sources listed above do not express the opinions or policies of  Get Scared TV.

Frequently Asked Copyright Questions

Why did Get Scared TV ask for more information regarding my copyright notification or counter notification?

Copyright submissions are formal, legal requests that require specific elements in order to be complete and actionable.

When we receive an incomplete or invalid copyright request — be it an infringement notification or a counter notification — we respond with information that will help the sender complete their request.

If you received a response like this following your submission of a copyright request, it is important to review it carefully and respond accordingly. In most cases, we won’t be able to take action on your request until you do so.

I have permission to use this content. Why was it removed?

If you have cleared the rights to use certain copyright-protected material in your video, you may want to alert the original content owner of your video’s title and URL on Get Scared TV, to avoid a mistaken removal.

If your video was removed in error, you have the option to request a retraction from the claimant or submit a counter notification. Content ID matches may be disputed as well.

Before you issue a dispute, you may want to ask yourself a few questions to make sure it’s a valid dispute:

  1. Are you the copyright owner of the material in your video?
  2. Do you have permission to all third-party material in your video from the appropriate copyright owner(s)?
  3. Should your use of copyrighted material be considered a fair use or fair dealing under the applicable copyright law?

If one of the conditions above applies to your video, you may want to research the most appropriate dispute process or consult an attorney. If not, you may be in violation of copyright laws.

How do I get permission to use someone else’s song, images or footage in my video?

If you plan to include copyright-protected material in your video, you will need to seek permission to do so first. Get Scared TV cannot grant you these rights and we are unable assist you in finding and contacting the parties who may be able to grant them to you. This is something you’ll have to research and handle on your own or with the assistance of a lawyer.

Get Scared TV cannot grant you the rights to use content that has already been uploaded to the site. If you wish to use someone else’s Get Scared TV video, you may want to reach out to them via our messaging feature.

Why was my video was removed, but similar ones weren’t?

When a copyright holder or their authorized representative notifies us of a Get Scared TV video that infringes their copyright, we remove the content promptly.

Keep in mind, sometimes a copyright owner will authorize some, but not all, of their works to appear on our site. Other times, very similar videos are owned by different copyright owners, and one may grant permission while another does not. If there are additional videos on the site that appear similar to the one(s) we’ve removed, we are either not aware of them or do not have reason to believe they are infringing.

I purchased or recorded the content myself. Why was it removed?

Just because you purchased content doesn’t mean that you own the rights to upload it to Get Scared TV. Even if you give the copyright owner credit, posting videos that include content you purchased may still violate copyright law.

Additionally, recording a television show, video game, concert or other performance with your phone, camera or microphone doesn’t mean that you own all rights to upload it to Get Scared TV. This is true even if the event or show you recorded was open to the public. For example, recording a concert of your favorite band does not necessarily give you the right to reproduce and distribute the video without permission from the appropriate rights owners.

Why was my cover song removed?

Recording a cover version of your favorite song does not necessarily give you the rights to upload that recording to Get Scared TV. You may need permission from the owner of the underlying music in order to upload the recording legally.

I need to request the removal of an entire channel. Can I do that?

No, you cannot. You are required to identify any allegedly infringing content by its video URL.

Below are instructions on how to obtain a video URL:

  1. Find the video in question on Get Scared TV
  2. In the address bar at the top, you will see the video URL.

I got a notice saying my video was matched but not removed. Why was it later removed?

We provide content owners with the ability to control the use of their content on Get Scared TV. Because content owners have the right to change their mind about how their content is displayed on our site, it’s possible that content that was once allowed is now blocked. Also, it is possible that multiple parties hold rights to different components (e.g. audio, video) of a copyright-protected work. While one owner may allow the use of their material on Get Scared TV, another may decide to forbid use.

If I’ve already submitted a copyright complaint to Get Scared TV, why do I have to provide all my information each time I have another request?

In accordance with copyright law, we require complete copyright notifications for each removal request.

The easiest way to submit another complaint is to sign into your Get Scared TV account and use our copyright complaint webform.

How do I know who claimed copyright ownership of my video?

If your material is removed for copyright infringement, we’ll notify you with the details of the removal.

If your video was removed but you don’t remember receiving a notification, please check the email address associated with your Get Scared TV account for this notification.

If you’re having trouble finding an email notification from us, try checking your email inbox’s spam folder to make sure it wasn’t misfiled. If it was, adding “service@Get Scared” to your address book may prevent this from happening again.

If you still can’t find the email from us, it’s possible that your account is associated with a different email address than the one you are checking. The correct email address will be listed on your Get Scared TV account page.

What are the consequences of copyright infringement?

On Get Scared TV, the consequences of copyright infringement are simple. We comply with the  Digital Millennium Copyright Act  (DMCA) and other applicable copyright laws. Under these laws, we remove videos when properly notified that they violate copyright.

If we receive a valid infringement notification identifying videos in your account, they will be removed and you will receive a strike. If you receive three strikes, your Get Scared TV account will be terminated. At time of termination, all your other videos will be removed and you will be permanently blocked from creating new accounts or accessing Get Scared TV’s community features in the future.

In addition, copyright owners may choose to sue for infringement. In the U.S., copyright infringement may result in statutory damages of up to $150,000 per work and, in some cases, criminal penalties.

I notified Get Scared TV of a video that infringed my copyright and it was removed. But, I just received an email saying it may be reinstated to the site. What is happening?

We have likely received a counter notification regarding your removal request. In accordance with the law, the video will be reinstated unless you submit evidence that you’ve filed a court action against the user seeking to restrain the allegedly infringing activity. If we don’t receive that notice from you within 10 days, we may reinstate the material to Get Scared TV.

Where else can I find more information on copyright in countries outside the U.S.?

In European Union countries, the European Commission’s  website  has some helpful information and links.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has a  list  of international intellectual property and copyright offices where you may find information about copyright laws applicable for your country.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides a database of  copyright laws around the world .


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