I love it when media picks up my clip, and I hereby grant any and all media sources rights to use clips with stories (as long as I’m credited, and ideally informed).
Here’s a question for you, though. Obviously we can’t rip a Viacom show and post it on YouTube. But it appears that newsclips are fair game. I am not aware of a video containing news clips that has been yanked. Are you?
When I saw this story about Sarah Palin impersonators, I noticed a video player that has my video. The video was ripped from YouTube and embedded on a player that’s branded ABC News. Again- I’m thrilled to be included in a story that mentions Tina Fey, so I’m not complaining. I’m identified as Kevin Nalts, and although it’s customary to include “YouTube” name or logo on the ripped videos on TV, I’m not sure YouTube cares.
But what if I did have a problem with it? Would I have a case? It would be foolish for me to take action because then media may choose not to use my clips (which I consider free publicity). I’m sure if I did care and contacted ABC News, they’d remove it. But is that the extent of a YouTube creator’s rights? News is usually fair game with excerpts, but in this case the video is played in its entirety.