Is Uploading A Movie To YouTube Illegal?

Everybody has a perspective on it. However, the facts are, uploading a movie on YouTube or any other site over the internet is an infringement of the copyright owner of the content. The content owner reserves the exclusive right to distribute or publish any part of their work over the internet. It is therefore illegal and can lead to prosecution with the intent to steal copyright content.

How YouTube curbs illegal uploads

Even though it is illegal, thousands of movies and song are uploaded daily on YouTube, and the content owners don't bother about it. Probably because most copyright owners also earn a token when people upload the movies and hence decide to be quiet about it or the film is not full as some parts are excluded from the original content.

However, with the advancement of technology, YouTube now complies with the digital millennium copyright acts that prevent copyright contents from been uploaded to the site. This ID filter system allows YouTube to block all copyright videos whether movies or songs. If the movie is up, the owner can file a copyright infringement notification on YouTube, after which, an investigation will be carried out, and if the request is valid the video will be blocked.

The penalty for uploading a movie

SocialBoss CTO comments on the market situation: "As a YouTube account holder, reading through the terms of service is the best option to avoid a strike but if you upload two or more copyright video within a space of thirty days; you get a strike from YouTube after a complaint and investigation process. However, YouTube will delete your account, take down your channel, and remove all contents associated with your account if you have three strikes due to infringement of copyright content. "

Furthermore, most content owner, producers don’t bother about copyright unless their content is aimed for marketing purposes and besides it gives them the acknowledgment they need especially for new and upcoming producers or directors.

The infringement law varies in different countries, and some countries take the act of stealing and uploading a movie or content in the cinema illegal and will slap down the culprit with legal actions.

How to upload with permission?

To gain access to the use any part of a movie, consider speaking with the content producer to upload the film; it will cost you money, but you get to upload the movie and use it as desired with any legal action or fear of having your account deleted.

In the USA, the fair use acts allow users to upload the movie on YouTube if it is for commentary, research work, educative, journalism, and criticism. The fair use act varies across countries, and it is best to get the advice of a legal counsel regarding uploading any copyright videos or protected material on YouTube

Despite all this, it is still illegal to upload a movie or any content on YouTube, and the content owner reserve the full right to their work and YouTube has the power to take down any infringed content.

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