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Lunchboy Apr 13, 2014 @ 7:53am
YouTube Monetization Question
Okay, so if I use a model of Sonic or Donkey Kong or something that Steam didn't make but still is a popular trademarked character, can I still collect revenue from YouTube and/or they won't take it down? Like would it be considered parody and thus there would be no legal problems? Thank you guys in advance.
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6000 ANGRY BEES Apr 13, 2014 @ 9:28am 
R234 Apr 13, 2014 @ 10:04am 
You will never get legal problems from monetizing Youtube videos, the worst that can happen is a copyright strike. When you get three of those, your account gets banned.

But to answer your quesion, you could get a strike from using copyrighted assets, and there's not much you could do about it. Claiming it was done as a parody and therefore falls under fair use might work if we were dealing with a sensible company, but that's Google we're talking about. The copyright claim system on Youtube is constantly being abused by malicious corporations and they don't give a crap.

Monetizing Youtube videos is a always a gamble, regardless of if you're doing something "wrong" or not. But technically you're not supposed to monetize a video containing copyrighted materials unless you have written permission to do so from the copyright holders. But you won't get into trouble if you do.
Lunchboy Apr 13, 2014 @ 11:16am 
Okay, thank you guys very much. I'm not too good with this legal stuff. I had a guitar cover remake that got 100,000+ views and got taken down and that sucked so I really don't want it to happen again. Thank you. :3
raptornx01 Apr 13, 2014 @ 2:13pm 
A cover is covered (no pun intended) under fair use. You could have fought that.

Generally unless you use actual footage or music anything that can be content ID flagged you should be ok. it takes someone manually going to your vid and claiming copyright on it. usually they ignore it unless it gets too popular.

I haven't seen anything sfm related with regard to copyright that didn't involve the music used and such. but you always risk running into an♥♥♥♥♥company when it comes to fanworks.

maybe try going to their main site and looking it up. I know both valve and ubisoft allow their assets to be used in monetized yt videos. it's only when you try to use them for commercial uses (selling merchandise) that they take issue with. I dunno how sega and nintendo are.
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