I've started a small enterprise on Youtube with my son called "Gamegandhi". My son records himself playing a videogame (called Modern Warfare II) and then edits the footage and sometimes adds music
. He is careful to add music that is copyright
free. We then use an advertising account to make money for the ads that appear before the videos. My son is starting to get a lot of views so now we need to take this more seriously.
The problem is that sometimes youtube blocks the monatization of some of the videos he uploads based on copyright claims. Sometimes they do this and other times they don't and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.
According to our research, the game footage is usable in the context we're using it and there happens to be a large and growing business on the web of professional gamers doing this successfully- so we know that it can be done legally.
Optimally, we'd like to preclude any copyright challenge from the start, or at least have a rock solid reply when we are challenged so our advertising dollars won't be put on hold as the clicks rack up.
I've noticed that some of the videos my son uploads do have foul language from the gamers that he's playing with, so I'm not sure if this is a contributing factor, however, again, some of the other videos my son uploads with foul language are not challenged by youtube. All of the videos have footage from the game Modern Warfare II and most of them have voice over from the game players (commentary).