January 04, 2013 Articles

You're a YouTube Star! Now What?

Approaches to enforce your rights when copyrighted works are posted without permission.

By Mary Ann L. Wymore and John E. Petite

If you discover your copyrighted work on YouTube without your permission, you are not alone.  Following a website survey conducted by employees, YouTube estimates that 75 to 80 percent of all YouTube streams contain copyrighted material. Similarly, 2Google financial advisor Credit Suisse estimates that more than 60 percent of YouTube's content is copyrighted and that only 10 percent of such copyrighted content uploaded to YouTube was authorized.

What do you do if you find your copyrighted works on YouTube without permission?  Essentially, you have two options. The quickest and easiest option is to issue a take-down notice to YouTube under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The second option is to file a lawsuit seeking immediate injunctive relief in the form of a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction.

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