Even though “ignorance of the law is not a defense”, YouTube has decided that since the copyright law is so complex, they will help educate violators so that they can become upstanding YouTube citizens. To this end they released a new tutorial on copyright and a redesigned copyright help center.
This is a great move. YouTube is still strongly committed to protecting copyright, but realizes that can be better done by educating rather than punishing. YouTube users with three violations will still be suspended, but hopefully with this new copyright educational program in place, there will be many less three time violators.
I highly recommend to anyone that posts any form of media online to watch the YouTube Copyright School Video and take advantage of the materials in the YouTube Copyright Center. Because, don’t forget, “ignorance of the law is not a defense”.