So I was just wondering that if a YouTube partner made a video showcasing a Minecraft Mod, would this be copyright infringement. My reasoning would be that the partner is making money by people watching their video that showcases someone else's work and without said work the video wouldn't exist. If that person makes money off of that video without having asked the modder's permission first would this be Copyright Infringement?
I apologise if this thread is in the wrong forum, I couldn't think of a more appropriate area.
Nobody here is a lawyer (not that I know of, at least), so you'll probably get a lot of mis-information about Bill S-978. AFAIK, that is proposed - it has not yet passed.
I don't think the bill changes any laws about fair-use. I think it just brings Internet performances in line with existing laws regarding public performance.
For example, if I go to some bar for open-mic night, sit down at a piano, and play "Piano Man", somebody has to pay somebody else because of performance rights. If I sit down at my own piano, record my performance, and post it on a web site, the laws are unclear about that performance.
I haven't seen any evidence of YouTube (and others) shutting down all the "Let's Play" videos, unless they use copyrighted music in the background. If this was an issue, I think they would be cracking down.
Again, notice all the "I think"... I'm not a lawyer either.