Senior Member from US
joined:Mar 9, 2002
I am having an issue with a monetized Youtube channel copying blog titles and content for videos, and need to know how and if this practice can be prevented.
I own a blog where I post new videos along with a detailed article or other backstory. I embed the original content owner's video. Then I generally research what I can about the video, and include links to websites of participants or anything that requires attribution. On some occasions I'll get on the first page of the Google's results for related searches if the video gets popular. I can also score the occasional attribution link from bigger sites (if I did my homework).
A month ago, a Youtube channel owner started paying close attention to my blog. They go through video-related posts, look up the original videos on Youtube, and then steal the video. Then they upload the video to their channel using my exact blog post title, and put whatever text I wrote in the video's description area.
So if a blog post of mine is at the top of Google for related searches, within one day G will throw this channel's video above me in its results. Other channels also bump me down further by reposting the video with the same title as the channel analyzing my blog, and they usually use the same description as well (my content).
1. Can a monetized Youtube channel copy an article or blog post title word for word?
2. Can a Youtube channel use copyrighted text in the description without attributing the source?