May 26, 2022

ARL: "YouTube Flunks Out with “Copyright School”

From a Post on the ARL Policy Notes Blog
by Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives at ARL

Yesterday YouTube released a video called “Copyright School” and announced a new notice and takedown policy that includes requiring accused infringers to watch the video in order to reactivate their suspended accounts. While some aspects of the new policy (such as softening the prior ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy) are salutary, the Copyright School video has serious flaws. Watch it below*** and then I’ll go through some of its shortcomings.

*** The video is embedded in the blog post

See Also: The YouTube Blog Post Introducing “Copyright School”

See Also: “Mashups, Parodies and Lip Dubs: Ask a Legal Expert About Fair Use”

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.