2. Business Model Legality/ Regulatory Approval Investigation

Q3 (Copyright Law and Video Distribution Sites)

Do video distribution sites like YouTube raise any issues under the Copyright Act?

Videos that are distributed without the consent of the right holder raise copyright infringement issues. First, users who submit videos without the consent of the copyright holder may infringe on the holder’s reproduction right and right of public transmission. As to whether or not the company operating the video distribution site itself is an infringer, in the end it depends on the substance of the service. However, based on the trend in the court cases, a company that offers such a service for profit may also be judged as an infringer.

(Posted: January 27, 2012)