Fred Griffin: 5 Minute Video on YouTube - is Video Sharing a Copyright Violation? What is Embed? What is a Standard YouTube License?

5 Minute Video on YouTube - is Video Sharing a Copyright Violation? What is Embed? What is a Standard YouTube License?

Are you Violating Copyright DMCA Law when you use the Embed Code to post a YouTube Video onto your Website or Blog?  When you uploaded Your Video to YouTube, did you give up the Ownership? Can I disable the Embed Code on my Video?


What is a Standard YouTube License, and what is a Creative Commons Attribution License?  


     This 5 Minute Video will answer your questions:







     You will usually NOT violate Copyright Law by Embedding a YouTube Video onto your Blog or Website (as long as the Video that is on YouTube was legally uploaded, and not say, a TV Show, Movie, or Copyright Music that was in violation of DMCA when it was uploaded to YouTube).  


     If you Don't Want an Embed Code to appear under your Share Button, then follow the instructions in the Video.

     Personal note from Fred - I want my Videos shared; I hope they go Viral.  I am going to leave the Embed Code in place, thank you.



Disclaimer:  The author of this Blog is not an Attorney.  The information and the video are for discussion purposes only, and are not to be construed as Legal Advice.  See a qualified Attorney for Legal Advice regarding Copyright, DMCA issues, and Intellectual Property.


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Comment balloon 20 commentsFred Griffin • November 28 2011 10:59PM


Thanks for sharing this valuable info!  Copyright violation lawsuits are no fun!

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) about 7 years ago

Fred, I do use youtube videos on my blog so this is good to know. Thanks for the tutorial.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

Fred, I feel relieved as I have used videos from YouTube in my posts few times.


Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 7 years ago

Fred, Few things are better for spicing up a localism post than a video produced by the event/business.  If they allow the embed code, I'm not adverse to using them.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 7 years ago

Thanks so much Fred, your blogs are ALWAYS such a wealth of valuable info! Seems I bookmark everything you write!

Posted by Cheryl Dickson, Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector (Wichita Falls Association of Realtors - Staff) about 7 years ago

Fred, More great info from our you tube GO-TO guy!  Thanks, Again!

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) about 7 years ago

Fred you are the king of YouTube know!  Thanks for sharing the knowledge.  I don't want to end up in court over a stupid mistake!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 7 years ago

Fred, I'm glad you mentioned copyrighted music in your post. For some reason, folks often seem to believe that music is somehow exempt from copyright laws, but video is sacred.

Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks for the update.  I don't have a youtube account, but I am keeping this for future reference.  You really have a handle on this.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) about 7 years ago

Hi, Liz - I was asked the question about Copyright by an ActiveRain Member.  I am glad they asked, because I got a better understanding of YouTube Terms of Service 6C and Licensing.


Tammie, thanks for commenting.  Good for you for utilizing the power of Video on your Blog!


Praful, as long as we are protected by YouTube's License, or giving Attribution per the CC BY License, all is well.


Liz and Bill,  totally agree.  Video adds life to a Blog!


Cheryl, thanks for your kind remarks.  Thanks for Bookmarking. 


Hi, Marge  You are welcome, as always!


John,  if you go to Court, you can explain to the Judge about "Creative Commons Attribution" and "Standard YouTube License".  Your Honor will then reprimand the prosecuting attorney or plaintiff for wasting the Court's Time  :)


Eric, one thing that we must beware of - if a Video contains copyright music (or a TV or Movie clip), and no License was granted by the Copyright Owner, then we may be in violation of DMCA or Copyright if we Share that Video onto our Blog.  

     A personal example is a good friend of mine who made a Video of his Rental Property.  He added a "Top 40 Oldies" song to the Video.  I asked if he had bought a License... he shrugged and said, "No - do I have to?"    If I had Shared my friend's Video to my Blog - I would also be guilty of Copyright Infringement.


Hi, Ron,  YouTube is the 2nd Largest Search Engine on the Internet.  I respectfully encourage you to get there soon!    I will be posting some "Get Started on YouTube" Blogs in the near future.  They will be more "Beginner Level".   I will post them to this Group - so, stay tuned!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Thanks for great advice! You are a wonderful assest to YouTube Thursdays. So glad you joined the group - you are appreciated.  Debb


! YouTube Thursdays

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 7 years ago

Fred, thanks for bringing me up to date on YouTube copyright laws. I have used these YouTube videos before in my blogs, and I am relieved to know that using that embedded code was alright.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 7 years ago

Fred - Thanks for the information ..... so ..... what you are saying is by granting YouTube the right to redistribute you give us the right to use (redistribute or share) your video

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Wow Fred you a wealth of infomation.  I just read Jerry's post about you and had to come over and check it out.  Wow! You are awesome.  I need to get my ducks 'back' in a row with video's.  And I may need to hire an assistant to help out.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 7 years ago

Thanks Fred! I'm so glad that you covered this, because I've been wondering about what few video's that I've put on my blog posts.  Thanks again!

Have an AWESOME evening!


Posted by Michael S. Bolton, MN Appraiser (Michael S. Bolton,Inc.) over 6 years ago

Hi Fred - A very useful post on a topic I've kind of been wondering about for a while. You have confirmed what I was assuming - and assuming stuff about copyright issues is a pretty bad strategy, so thanks for the clarification.


Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 6 years ago

Thanks Fred, found this old post today looking for info on embedding videos and copyrights.

I agree, share all of my videos and make them go viral!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 4 years ago

Hi, Bob!

    Thanks for bringing this up.  I should do an update, because a lot of people still wonder if it is okay to link to or share a YouTube or Vimeo video.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 4 years ago

This is odd. I can't seem to play the video - on either browser.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 4 years ago

Debbie - according to YouTube, "the video does not exist".   I posted this almost 3 years ago, let me see if I can find it.   BBL.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 4 years ago