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Frequently Asked Questions

General copyright questions

What is the public domain?

Copyrightable works eventually lose their copyright protection and are said to fall into the “public domain,” making them free for everyone to use. It typically takes many years for works to fall into the public domain. The length of a term of copyright protection varies depending on where and when the work was published, whether the work was commissioned as a work for hire, and other factors. Certain works created by US federal government agencies fall into the public domain immediately upon publication. Keep in mind that the rules for public domain differ in other countries.

It is your responsibility to verify that a work is indeed in the public domain before you upload it to BMPClips. There is no official list of works in the public domain. However, there are some useful resources online that might help you. Columbia University Libraries and the Copyright Information Center at Cornell University both offer helpful guides to works that may fall in the public domain. Neither BMPClips, nor either university, can guarantee that all the works linked to are free from copyright protection.

The above sites are referred to for educational purposes only and are not endorsed by BMPClips.

What is a derivative work?

You need the copyright owner’s permission to create new works based on their original content. Derivative works may include sequels, translations, spin-offs, adaptations, etc. You’ll probably want to get legal advice from an expert before uploading videos that are based on the characters, storylines, and other elements of copyright-protected material.

Where can I find more information on copyright outside the U.S.?

The European Commission's website has some helpful information and links about copyright in European Union countries.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has a list of international intellectual property and copyright offices where you may find information about copyright laws applicable for your country.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides a database of copyright laws around the world.

The above sites are referred to for educational purposes only and are not endorsed by YouTube.

Questions for BMPClips uploaders

How do I get permission to use someone else's content in my video?

If you plan to include copyright-protected material in your video, you’ll generally need to seek permission to do so first. BMPClips cannot grant you these rights and we are unable to assist you in finding and contacting the parties who may be able to grant them to you. This is something you’ll have to research and handle on your own or with the assistance of a lawyer.

For example, BMPClips cannot grant you the rights to use content that has already been uploaded to the site. If you wish to use someone else’s BMPClips video, you may want to reach out to them.

If you have cleared the rights to use certain copyright-protected material in your video, you may want to alert the original copyright owner of your video's title and URL on BMPClips, to avoid a mistaken removal.

Additionally, recording a television show, video game, concert or other performance with your phone, camera or microphone doesn't mean that you own all rights to upload it to BMPClips. This is true even if the event or show you recorded was open to the public. For example, recording a concert of your favorite band does not necessarily give you the right to upload the video without permission from the appropriate rights owners.

Questions for copyright owners

Can I request the removal of an entire channel?

No, you cannot. You are required to identify any allegedly infringing content by its video URL.

Below are instructions on how to obtain a video URL:

  1. Find the video in question on BMPClips.
  2. In the address bar at the top, you'll see the video URL. It should look like this: www.bmpclips.com/watch?v=xxxxxxxxxxx

Disclaimer: We are not your attorneys and the information presented here is not legal advice. We provide it for informational purposes.