Over 2 Billion logged-in users visit YouTube each month and every day people watch over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. YouTube is the world’s second-largest search engine (after Google) and has more searches monthly than Bing, Yahoo or AOL combined!
If someone has posted a video on YouTube that is damaging your reputation or has posted a copyright-protected work on YouTube without authorization, we can help remove the video from YouTube.
What is YouTube?
YouTube is the world’s most popular video sharing site used by billions of people worldwide. Anyone can quickly create an account, and post videos about almost any subject. It is a brilliant creative platform, but occasionally, you still come across someone who abuses the site and its policies without care or concern.
What is Online Defamation / Cyber Libel?
In addition to copyright violations, you may also want to remove a video from YouTube because of online defamation, which can cause significant trouble in an online business or behind a person. According to YouTube, “defamation is any untrue statement that is harmful to someone’s reputation or causes someone to be shunned or avoided.”
When defamation happens online, a person or business is the target of false or damaging information. False information gets put onto the Internet, it can cause significant damage to a reputation, and that is considered online defamation or cyber libel.
Here is an example:
Let’s say you own an online business. One of your competitors decides to post a video on YouTube claiming that your company and its products and services are a scam. They do this intending to hurt your business and to benefit themselves. This is a classic example of online defamation on YouTube.
If someone posts a video about you or your business and makes false accusations and those accusations lead to a damaged reputation, you can take immediate steps to remove the defamatory video from YouTube.
What is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act?
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects Internet Service Providers and Website hosts from legal liability for content posted by other people on the platform. This means that YouTube is probably not going to be held liable for a defamatory video posted by a user or someone who posts a video featuring your song under their name.
Why is it Difficult to Remove Content from YouTube?
On YouTube, the most common issue is when people upload videos they didn’t create, or use content in their videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, portions of copyrighted programs, or videos made by other users, without obtaining permission.
When someone steals your content, you should take action to remove the stolen content from YouTube. Online reputation management companies can help you understand what your options are for removal of the content.
Copyright violations damage the value of the content and deter others from sharing their originality online, which is why YouTube tries very hard to protect the copyright interests of its users. After all, what is YouTube without creative content?
YouTube may take action to remove content that violates its Terms of Service or Community Guidelines. YouTube can remove the poster’s account privileges, and even terminate the user’s account.
If you are aware of inappropriate content on YouTube that violates Community Guidelines — whether it is a video, playlist, thumbnail, link, comment, chat message, or channel — you should flag the offensive content to submit it for review by YouTube staff. YouTube reviews flagged content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Obtaining a court order to remove content will require hiring a lawyer, but there may be other options available. Laws differ by country and by state, and the specific facts and circumstances of each case are different. For example, the individual posting video may be located outside the United States or the subject of the video may be located outside the United States.
Besides the application of local legal considerations, a few other matters can lengthen the process. You must consider the Communications Decency Act and Fair Use and how they apply to your situation.
Fair Use is another broad legal protection that allows using the content of others for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or compensation to the copyright holder. People are free to use certain content to make comments or share information, but they cannot claim it as their own. It often requires complex legal analysis to determine whether something shared online qualifies as fair use, and you should consult with an expert.
How to Use DMCA to Remove Copyright Content from YouTube
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) helps protect copyright interests. YouTube will accept a DMCA request to remove content that infringes on the copyright interests of others. A DMCA notice to YouTube must include your personal information, details of the copyright infringement, and an electronic signature. It then is sent to a designated agent of a website, who will review the request, and if the claim is valid, manage the removal of the content.
A DMCA notification must include the following:
YouTube has provided a useful tutorial to assist you if you decide to submit a copyright takedown notice. A DMCA notice may not always be the best option for content removal, as it is a public process that may also alert the individual(s) who posted the content so it is advisable to consult with a reputation management expert to evaluate the best course of action.
How to Remove a Video on YouTube
YouTube has detailed Community Guidelines that outline what content is permissible on YouTube. For example, YouTube does not allow pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech.
We can help you understand your best options if you are concerned about any of the following content on YouTube:
Reputation Rhino has helped thousands of people remove or suppress negative search results and remove videos on YouTube.
We have a talented team of online reputation management experts that will help you protect and defend your online reputation. Contact us today!