Are there any copyright issues to be kept in mind while uploading church videos on YouTube?

On any social media platform (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo ,etc), if you’re publishing original videos created by yourself then you’ve nothing to worry about. But in case you’re borrowing content from any other medium, I suggest have a look at the thread below;

P.S. We’ve prepared an exhaustive list of FAQs that might be useful for Churches trying to go online with videos. You can find it here:

As most churches are moving online, it is important that you’re aware of certain guidelines for publishing content. Every platform has a set of guidelines that restricts copying another creator’s content.
Here are the guidelines as stated by YouTube’s Creator Academy:

  • You should only upload content (including music, videos, and artwork) that you created or that you’re authorized to use.
  • If you use someone else’s content on your YouTube channel, the copyright owner can submit a takedown request. If this is a valid request, your video will be removed from YouTube and you’ll get a copyright strike. You can wait for a copyright strike to expire, seek a retraction, or submit a counter-notification. If you get three copyright strikes, your channel is subject to termination.
  • Alternatively, if you upload a video that contains copyright-protected material, you could end up with a Content ID claim issued by the party who owns the music, movies, TV shows, video games, or other copyright-protected material. A Content ID claim may result in a takedown or lost revenue depending on the actions specified by the copyright owner.
  • We believe it’s important to keep YouTube a platform that inspires vibrant creativity and protects creative rights. If another channel uploads your content without your permission, you may file a copyright complaint via our webform.

YouTube’s review team may place an age restriction on the video. Some factors that affect this are:

  • Vulgar language
  • Violence and disturbing imagery
  • Nudity and sexually suggestive content
  • Portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities

Age-restricted videos aren’t eligible for monetization and aren’t shown to users under 18. If you believe your video was age-restricted in error, you can appeal.

Vimeo’s guidelines also look similar to Youtube’s.

  • No content can be published without the permission of the copyright owner.
  • Though Vimeo PRO and Vimeo Business members are an exception. They can include other creator’s content with necessary rights and permissions.

Apart from this most platforms’ privacy features also include Copyright Music. In certain cases, the platform can take down the video because of the audio too. Or YouTube tends to sometimes mute your published content. We would like to bring to you some stock video/audio websites through which is the best way to some great content and escaping the copyright issues.

How royalty free music will help?
As sermon videos are generally long, you can always edit them to smaller snackable versions. While editing the video some pastors and clergy prefer to add an inspirational tone to their videos. Royalty free music is what you need to go for then.

Royalty free music websites

In the mentioned list, YouTube Audio Library is one of my favorites for its awesome collection of royalty free music.

Why royalty free videos?
If you’re creating a sermon video for social media platforms then apart from adding captions and text graphics you can also edit the video with fillers for better context.
For instance, if a pastor is sharing the parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-23, he can add filler video clips of a farmer scattering the seeds giving more visual context. If you’re ever in need of such filler videos the below video websites will definitely come handy.

Royalty free video websites