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YouTube Copyright School

Are you ready for a healthy dose of the bitter truth? If so, read on.

That an individual found an episode of a popular television show or a great Daffy Duck cartoon from his childhood on YouTube or any other video sharing Web site does not mean that the video is "in the public domain" or that the video was uploaded legally. An illegally uploaded video is just that - an illegally uploaded video.

Because YouTube is keenly aware of the copyright scofflaws who inundate the site with copyrighted video content, it has compiled the YouTube Copyright School to educate users about copyright infringement, copyright ownership, penalties, authorized use, and fair use. Links to especially useful information follow.