Class Work

Protecting Intellectual Property (IP)

Major IP/Copyright issues on Social Platforms

When it comes to copyright, the definition of what that actually means and what happens if you violate it depends on the platform.

For example Facebook.

Facebook has so many copyright infringements every day and nothing happens about it. Have you scrolled down your news feed and seen all these funny videos? Chances are the person posting it does not have permission to actually share that video, and they tend to never give credit to the original owner.

For example, have you ever been on Facebook when a major sports event is on? Facebook becomes a hub for illegal streaming, sure they get shut down but a number of streams that pop up during the event it’s pretty easy to find another.

For example;


I can sympathise with Facebook because millions of posts are posted a day and it’s nearly impossible to catch every single stream, but the issue is still there.

Now, who has it right?

The one Social Media platform I think has a pretty good hold on it is Youtube.

Youtube is very quick with stomping out copyright and theft of IP. When I first uploaded my Youtube video I added Rob Zombie to the background of some Sims 2 video and there was some form of a check before it was posted, because as soon as it was live the music was removed.

Now there is still a grey area with the term ‘Free Use’ on Youtube, as a lot of YouTubers may record themselves watching a video that another Youtuber has recorded and give criticism on it.

A popular Youtuber H3H3 does this has had an ongoing court case because of a specific video, and he ended up winning because of fair use and the way he structured his video.

From the video, it was all about how he was doing his videos, a lot of YouTubers just show 100% footage of another users video which is cause for a Copyright strike.

How the Copyright and Copyleft systems protects IP

Copyright is the most strict way to protect your property, this says that you do not give permission for anyone copy or sell of your work without the owners’ permission.

Where copyleft is a bit different.

For example, Linux runs on a copyleft system where the Linux kernel is available for anyone to use, modify and redistribute but users can place their own copyright into their documentation when building their own distros, stating that the user is free to redistribute and copy the Distro but not modify it in any way.


A demonstration of how you are protecting your own IP

I copyright all of my material on my website  and by default, all my Youtube videos are protected by Youtubes copyright rules and I have full right to pull down anything I believe is an attempt to steal or copy my work, for example.



The issue here is that when I tell users to come to my channel and they see this, it can be confusing for them, the logo does help though. I have made a request to Youtube and I am awaiting a reply.








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