& Your Privacy NET303 Online Policy Primer By Sara Bartlett (YouTube Logo, 2010)
What is YouTube?
Prompted by the proliferation of small portable video cameras YouTube is an online video sharing service where anyone can post a video about pretty much anything.
As the community grew regular video posters became known as “ vloggers ” and they were able to start monetizing their hobby.
Who can join YouTube? (Zazzle, 2009)
To have a YouTube account you must:
Be at least 13 years of age
Have an active email account
Never been previously banned from YouTube
How does YouTube support its community?
As YouTube evolved a strong community was formed by its millions of users and viewers.
YouTube actively engages and encourages this participation through its community guidelines .
This sets the expectation that users will:
“ Have fun with the site
Remember that this is your community! Each and every user of YouTube makes the site what it is, so don't be afraid to dig in and get involved!
Feedback's part of the experience, and when done with respect, can be a great way to make friends, share stories, and make your time on YouTube richer.” (YouTube, 2011a).
More information on YouTube’s community and its guidelines can be viewed at Staying Safe on YouTube
(Community Group, 2010)
How does YouTube protect my privacy? (Privacy, 2008) YouTube has a zero tolerance policy for any invasion of privacy or harassment of its users with the offending parties being permanently banned. YouTube requires it’s users to agree not to collect your personal information for any commercial purpose. The onus is on you the user to control the information available for others to view. By enabling ‘Active Sharing’ on your profile you allow yourself to be visible to the wider internet. YouTube has also deemed itself not liable for any breach of your privacy that occurs through your use of their website, whether their security is at fault or not. (YouTube, 2011b)
Am I being watched? (Surveillance, 2009) Anything you post will be visible and regulated not only by YouTube but by every member of the community who watches your video, looks at your channel or contacts you directly. Every member of the community is a watchdog to uphold the values of the YouTube community as a whole.
Will I be censored? (Censorship, 2008)
Your video can be removed if it is flagged by another user as inappropriate and violates one or more of the following:
Animal abuse, drug or substance abuse, bomb making
Graphic or gratuitous violence
Pornography or sexually explicit content
Attacking or demeaning a race, religion, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or their status as a returned soldier
Will I still own my video? (Ownership, 2011) You do retain all rights of ownership in your content and remain the full owner of your videos. HOWEVER By uploading your content you YouTube you grant them a worldwide royalty-free transferrable licence to reproduce, display adapt and publish your works without limitation. This means that YouTube can copy and reproduce your content for their own gain at any point in time. (YouTube, 2011b)
What about Copyright? (Copyright, 2010) YouTube will review and potentially remove any content that is found to be breaching Copyright law. It is up to the individual user to ensure your video contains only content that you are licensed to reproduce. If your video is reported as breaching copyright YouTube will investigate and can bar you from the service completely if you repeatedly breach Copyright law. (YouTube, 2011a)
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