Misconceptions

This page offers brief explanations debunking common misconceptions surrounding IP rights.

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Does adding “No copyright infringement intended” to a video do anything? No. The only thing it does is add unnecessary text to your video or description (and notify the court you have some concept of copyright protection). Copyright is a no-intent offense, meaning you can still be held liable for copyright infringement even if you didn’t intentionally engage in infringement.

If the content is on YouTube, social media, the Internet, etc., then it is in the public domain, right? No. It’s publicly available, but not automatically subject to the public domain or creative commons. In other words, you have just as much right to online content as you do products for sale in a store. Don’t steal.