How do i know what show isn't copyrighted on YouTube?

Discussion in 'Books, Music, TV & Movies' started by sodaddict, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. sodaddict

    sodaddict GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 18, 2016
    I want to upload clips from an obscure late 50's TV show onto YouTube, though i'm not sure whether the show is copyright claimed on YouTube or not, i assume it isn't due to how old it is, but how can i be sure whether the show is copyright-holded on YouTube?
  2. DarthDub

    DarthDub Amateur Hacker

    Jan 26, 2016
    United States
    Your mom's basement.
    I've seen old Disney cartoons on Youtube, so I'd say go for it!
  3. DinohScene

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    It's not in the public domain yet so they might bet removed.
    That's about it.

    Copyrights expire 70-90 years after creation (or 70 years after the death of the author, one of the two).
  4. RedRedWine

    RedRedWine Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    United States
    You can always just try, and see what happens later. Worst comes to worst you re-edit the video.
  5. Subtle Demise

    Subtle Demise h

    Sep 17, 2009
    United States
    Not to mention when corporations as entities own the copyright (as is the case most of the time these days), it can be indefinite, as corporations can outlast any human lifespan.

    Also, I was quite surprised that I couldn't find the full version of The Wizard of Oz, a film from the 30's, on YouTube. Don't think that just because something is old or obscure that it's not protected, because it could bite you in the ass at any time.
    Last edited by Subtle Demise, Mar 19, 2017
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  6. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolf-husky™ Melodramatic fool

    Sep 13, 2009
    Copyright or not, Youtube doesn't protect Fair Use and anyone could claim it and have it removed.
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  7. RoseyDreamy

    RoseyDreamy TheKawaiiNeko

    Mar 25, 2017
    @DinohScene A quick Google check shows that works are protected for the life of the creator + 70 years in the UK, and I think also the US applies this rule too.

    Still, I wouldn't recommend any TV show regardless of age to be put up on YouTube, considering the amount of bullshit DMCA and abuse claims and such that have happened there.
    Last edited by RoseyDreamy, Mar 29, 2017
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