Tom and Kyle's Yoohoo Wizard Staff video was on G4 tv. Cool, right? Except they weren't contacted and the video was used without permission... internet faux pas!
6. Posting a video to YouTube puts it in the public domain.
No, it doesn’t. People seem to think that because the public can access videos on YouTube, for free, the vids are in the public domain. (I suppose this follows from the “everything on the Internet is public domain” misconception.) They’re in a public space, true, and people don’t have to pay to see them, but that doesn’t affect copyright.
You do in fact retain copyright in your video when you post it to YouTube (that would be your video, not your Stephen Colbert clip). But by posting it you grant YouTube a license to do pretty much whatever it wants with your work. That includes sublicensing it to others and modifying it (making derivative works). The license terminates within “a commercially reasonable time” once you remove your work from the YouTube site. And you still own the copyright.
That bit of legal wisdom came from 10 public domain misconceptions at publicdomainsherpa.com. Snap, that's harsh. Time for some WIZARD RAGE!
Here's the original video:
Man up, G4! Smo and Emo, fight the good fight!