I was reading an article about a dispute that took place in 2016 between a popular YouTuber, Criken, and a co-developer of his ICU game. This dispute resulted in a lawsuit against the YouTuber. It has since been resolved, but it raised some issues that I thought are very important for content creators and collaborators in software and other tech projects
Today's we’re going to discuss whether your planned international giveaway or wordlwide sweepstakes are legal. In most cases, unless you’ve hired multiple attorneys across the world, the answer will be no. Your international giveaway will not be legal. At least across most countries around the world.
Are false statements, less defamatory just because they are repetitions of statements made by others? Are YouTubers or their viewers less liable when repeating statements then if they were the original speakers? Can a person be held liable for simply repeating defamatory statements that someone else published?
YouTubers love to collaborate. Its fun, adds variety plus it can be a great way to cross promote channels. But did you ever think about who owns the collaborated-on video? Is it possible that while you contribute to a collaboration, you may not own any copyright to or have license to use the video? It made me wonder. So I wrote this article.