Florham Park, NJ asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for New Jersey

Q: Modified Youtube videos on Facebook, copyright issues?

Hi, I have a Facebook page where I upload modified videos from a certain Youtuber. The original videos are very long, and I edit them extensively. The kind of edits I do are taking only certain interesting clips from them then adding music, sound effects, images, and texts. The result is usually a 3 minutes video.

I had this page from 2018 and the content was monetized around September 2019. Recently I got seven intelectual property violation from the original creator.

Is there anything I can do? I would like to keep the page and the videos. If it helps, the original creator is located in Mexico and I'm located in the U.S.

2 Lawyer Answers
Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Wilmington, DE

A: You can see if the original creator is willing to grant a license to use the works. Particularly since you've already been given notice.

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL

A: Technically you are infringing that person’s copyright because you are reproducing their work without permission. The fact that they are in Mexico does not change the analysis because the United States has many treaties and agreements that cover Mexico (including NAFTA). As Robyn stated, if you wish to continue, you would need to get a license from the copyright owner of the videos. Continuing to make the videos after receiving notification could make damages higher for willful infringement if they chose to sue.

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