When does an original work receive copyright protection?

(A) When it’s shared with another individual.

(B) 90 days after it’s filed with the local copyright registry.

(C) As soon as it’s posted online.

(D) When it has been created in a tangible medium.


Original work like videos, including those on YouTube, are subject to copyright protection the moment they’re created in a tangible medium – not based upon who is the first to register or upload them.


This question is a part of the “Get familiar with music copyright” lesson from the Digital Music rights on YouTube unit and the “Protect your content with copyright” lesson from the YouTube Content Ownership course. You can get answers to all the questions asked in this unit on our Digital Music rights on YouTube Answers page.

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