It’s easy to recognize the importance of working with a YouTube lawyer to protect your channel from lawsuits ⚖️ and penalties. However, it can be more difficult to identify at exactly which point in your YouTube career you should begin working with an attorney.
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re considering whether it’s the right time to hire legal help, it’s probably the right time to hire legal help – or at least learn more about how you can benefit from adding a lawyer to your team.
That being said, if you’re still on the fence about calling up a YouTube lawyer to help with your channel, here are some steps in every YouTuber’s career in which they should most definitely consult an attorney 🙋♂️:
✅ When you’re ready to create a YouTube LLC
Creating a YouTube LLC, or limited liability company, is a great way to protect yourself from personal liability, should you find yourself incurring legal penalties 💸 for any reason.
Once you make the decision to create an LLC for your channel or brand, you should definitely consult a law firm to help you with the process.
While using an attorney to establish an LLC is a bit more expensive than a DIY option, you have the benefit of using a specialized law firm – in your case, a YouTube lawyer – that has custom-designed forms 📝 for your circumstances.
As an example, my law firm has forms made specifically for YouTubers to maximize their income and protection of liability with their LLC!
✅ When you establish a revenue model
Whether you use an AdSense revenue model or some type of sponsorship strategy, once you start making steady income 💰 from your YouTube channel, it’s a good time to consult an attorney.
More specifically, once you’ve decided to follow a specific path to acquire revenue, you will most likely face some potential liability and consumer privacy issues. Therefore, you must follow specific legal guidelines to avoid these issues and keep yourself out of legal trouble.
For example, you may choose to add a disclaimer ⚠️ to your videos connected to AdSense, as the AdSense program depends on collecting personal data from your viewers.
On the other hand, if you’re involved in a brand deal, you will always need to provide a disclaimer stating your involvement in the partnership. This will also help you avoid personal liability for any damage caused by the products you advertise.
Of course, these are not the only two revenue models for YouTubers. Therefore, I always recommend my clients speak to a social media lawyer 💼 before choosing their money-making strategy.
This way, they can not only protect themselves from legal issues, but can also be sure they’re using the model that best aligns with their goals.
✅ When you’re posting copyrighted material
Unfortunately, even when you follow the doctrine of fair use, you still face the potential of copyright strikes on your channel.
For example, some of the most common examples of unintentional copyright infringement include live gameplay 🎮 videos without commentary, unlicensed use of music, and untransformed content.
Luckily, you can avoid these common fair use mistakes by consulting a YouTube attorney BEFORE you use copyrighted material in your videos.
Of course, if you’re totally confident that what you’re posting is fair, then go ahead and do it! However, it’s always in your best interest to run it by a lawyer 💬 first.
✅ When you need to file a DMCA takedown notice
As a content creator, you put hours ⌛ of work into every video on your channel. Therefore, having your content stolen can be super upsetting!
As a result, many YouTubers choose to employ the takedown services provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
More specifically, DMCA provides takedown ⬇️ notices that allow creators to remove their content from websites on which it was used without their permission.
If you find your video on another website or YouTube channel being used in a way that infringes upon your copyrights, you may choose to file a DMCA takedown notice. Upon making this decision, it’s in your best interest to employ legal help.
While some DMCA takedowns can be easy, others become much more complicated than filling out one form. For example, the individual you’re filing against may submit a counter notification against you!
In this case, the only way to get your content removed for good is to bring the case to court 🏛️.
Luckily, since you’ve already worked with a lawyer for the takedown, you’re already equipped with representation!
Ultimately, having a YouTube lawyer on your side is always a good idea. Call 📱 one today to learn how we can help you.