How are "funny videos and picture sites" allowed to host all those videos and pictures that are copyrighted. Almost 100% of the time, these websites do not give credit to the copyright owner. Most of the time I doubt they even know where the video came from.
How does this work. Let's say I wanted to start my own "funny video and funny pictures" site. Could I just go crazy downloading a bunch of videos, uploading them, slapping a site together and start spreading the word about it?
What type of things do these website's webmaster do to not get sued? Is a 'disclaimer' enough? Or are they allowed to host the videos as long as they do not claim they own copyrights to them?
As you can see I am very confused and un-informed about the way this type of websites operate. I would appreciate any enlightenment. Thanks to all.
I've brought this topic up in other forums, but unfortunately not much discussion was started there. I hope more people will get involved in this discussion here.
I would appreciate it if no websites are specifically mentioned. Please keep this discussion mature. Thank you all.
P.S. How much is the risk lowered by running the site(s) under an LLC?