What is copyright infringement?

Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner. Posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the termination of your account and possibly monetary damages if a copyright owner decides to take legal action (this is serious—you could get sued!). As a general matter, we at YouTube respect the rights of artists and creators, and hope you will work with us to keep our community a creative, legal and positive experience for everyone, including artists and creators.

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