Does a watermark count as copyright? – Make Money On Photos

Should I be worried about it? (2 votes)

This question may seem insignificant–that’s an easy answer to any question, but for most online video producers, it’s an important one. If a video contains an embedded watermark, it can appear in video players that display video files from other sources, such as YouTube, and make those source-file viewers unable to see the video (and thus, unable to stream it). This means that if you embed an embedded watermark, you’re asking the world to watch your video content without any idea as to which video provider you’re actually using. A few people have raised this issue, but I haven’t seen it actually used in court. To be clear, I’m not saying that all embeds that contain content are inherently copyrightable. Even if some embeds have a “not for commercial purposes” clause in them, just because the copyright owner says so, doesn’t mean that the public necessarily has to acknowledge it. (For a discussion of embedded content and what the law says about it, see my last post about embedded video.)

If you embed an embedded watermark, you’ll want to be sure that it’s embedded correctly, which means that the HTML code to display your watermark should also be correctly embedded. For example, a watermark could have an image, text, video, and link. For example: