Copyright is a controversial and tricky subject in this modern world. With social media sites increasing in popularity, it’s sometimes hard to remember that such a law exists. We constantly share things over the internet – if we find a song we like, we’ll share it, if we find a funny video, we’ll share it, however, sites such as YouTube have become stricter with their upload policy, in an attempt to prevent copyright to happen.
For example, anyone can start a YouTube channel and upload content, but it’s now stressed that your content has to be 100% original, otherwise, it’ll be removed. This is all good for people who use their channel as a bit of fun, but for those who take it more seriously, and those who generate an income through their videos, life has got a whole lot harder.
If you’re into your make-up and fashion channels, you’ll probably notice how some of the most popular YouTubers use the same ole ditty as background music – coincidence? I KNOW not. YouTube will not provide the money if their video is flagged for copyright claims, and the biggest issue currently is music. New features have been incorporated over the years to make sure that people are acting correctly under the ‘creative common license‘ which means that they have to use music that the artists themselves, have given permission for them to use. This means, you can’t just use a popular ‘chart-topper’ song anymore, you have to use an original, ‘copyright free’ piece that YouTube or even some editing softwares such as ‘iMovie’ provide.
Of course, this law is here for a reason and in this case it’s to protect original content and give credit where due, I personally, don’t have an issue with it. Without this law, music artists would be more reluctant to create songs, YouTubers would probably create more boring music-less videos and people would not be properly celebrated for their creativity.
In this day and age, it’s hard enough to be “orig'” so as annoying as copyright is, it’s for the best so we better just accept it.