Summary of How YouTube Thinks About Copyright

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Should rights owners allow others to share their content online? Find out YouTube’s stance on this controversial issue.


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Margaret Gould Stewart, the head of the user experience team at YouTube, explains how the organization conducts the monumental task of ensuring that the plethora of new videos it receives every day does not infringe on copyright laws. She also discusses how individuals and corporations should handle digital rights issues. Considering Stewart’s prominent position at YouTube, her advice is, as you would expect, skewed in favor of open sharing, but she makes a strong, intelligent case. getAbstract recommends her TED Talk to legal professionals and individual and corporate rights owners weighing the pros and cons of sharing content online.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How YouTube protects the millions of videos it hosts online from copyright infringements;
  • How rights holders can profit from allowing others to share their content online; and
  • Why, according to YouTube’s Margaret Gould Stewart, rights owners should apply an open policy to copyright.


Artists, attorneys, audience members: The “digital rights ecosystem” is made up of a “complex web of relationships.” A case in point: In 2007, singer
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About the Speaker

Margaret Gould Stewart manages YouTube’s user experience team.

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