Example Nº1: AllTime10s http://www.youtube.com/user/alltime10s This channel uses a lot of copyrighted material, but no problem, those videos are monetized. Example Nº2: Watchmojo http://www.youtube.com/user/WatchMojo This is the GOD of using copyrighted materials, they just take pieces of movies and put them on the video. Example Nº3: League of Super Critics http://www.youtube.com/user/LeagueOfSuperCritics The first two used a small fraction of videos (I will explain more later)... but this one... Ohhhhh Just look at this review: Man of Steel Review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1AJyKJ4BCo It's all the movie... from the beginning to the end, they even show the death of the final bad guy. I guarantee to you that they don't have all the permissions, they don't need permissions. Why? Fair use. So fair use is basically the possibility to use copyrighted material on your work for criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research may be considered fair... Also there are rules for fair use. If you are using just a portion of a copyrighted work it's more eligible to be fair use. If you are greatly modifying the copyrighted material it's more eligible to be fair use and so on... BUT, and here is the part I don't understand. If you read the link of copyrighted use on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/fair-use.html). Youtube can't say if it's fair use or it's not. It's a judge who determine that. Then, how they monetize their videos? I've uploaded 5 videos. Two of them monetized automatically. 3 of them not, they are under review. Now, the music is free to use (I can say, they are free for use and I win)... but the images are just images that I found on google. This images like for example the face of Steve Jobs are used in tons of blogs just like that, without any permission or backlink to author. I also use in another video the image of a tiger, a random tiger found on google images from a wallpaper site. Now if I want the video to be monetized I need to send a proof. For music it's easy, it's creative commons with commercial use (send link). But for the image? If I say it's fair use they will say that they are not the judge. I make a list of thing, for the Steve Jobs example it's "Top 5 Steve Jobs motivational advises". For that I use two Steve Jobs images and the video is under review, they are asking for proof right now. How can I monetize the video then? -It can't be judge proof of fair use as I would need proof for each video (NO ONE is going to the judge for every video). -It can't be simple "fair use" as youtube can't determine that (But I think I saw a video of a guy explaining that you can use the fair use thing to monetize the video). -??? Take a look at this: http://www.reddit.com/r/youtube/comments/1sy6u1/watchmojo_has_been_account_was_removed_due_to_the/ Once the new system was implemented (the new content id system) Watchmojo, the second example, was removed from youtube. Then got back live again.