Copyright Operations Specialist, YouTube



Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2023

Note: Google’s hybrid workplace includes remote roles.

Remote location: United States.


Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 3 years of experience with copyright law, legal support operations, compliance operations, or escalations.
  • Experience building relationships with cross-functional partners.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with executive communication, written and verbal.
  • Proficiency with SQL (e.g., joins, aggregations, window functions)
  • Knowledge of copyright law, including ability to analyze and cite precedents on copyrightability, safe harbor compliance requirements, and copyright exceptions across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, including using data to drive strategy and business action.

About the job

Fast-paced, dynamic, and proactive, YouTube’s Trust & Safety team is dedicated to making YouTube a safe place for users, viewers, and content creators around the world to belong, create, and express themselves. Whether understanding and solving their online content concerns, navigating within global legal frameworks, or writing and enforcing worldwide policy, the Trust & Safety team is on the frontlines of enhancing the YouTube experience, building internet safety, and protecting free speech in our ever-evolving digital world.

As a Copyright Operations Specialist, you will work with a cross-functional group of technical and legal teams to manage challenges. You will design and implement strategies to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of our copyright compliance program, resolve unique legal challenges of internet and copyright law, scale and streamline complex workflows, and support and educate internal stakeholders. You will build technical skills and apply them to data-driven problem solving. You will balance the legal and regulatory requirements we face around the world with the needs of YouTube's users, partners, and advertisers.

At YouTube, we believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share, and build community through our stories. We work together to give everyone the power to share their story, explore what they love, and connect with one another in the process. Working at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and boundless creativity, we move at the speed of culture with a shared goal to show people the world. We explore new ideas, solve real problems, and have fun — and we do it all together.

The US base salary range for this full-time position is $104,000-$153,000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

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  • Review, manage, and improve escalation processes and other legal matters of high impact, risk, and complexity with limited oversight.
  • Organize escalation information documentation for the benefit of internal and cross-functional teams, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the team. Implement recommendations outside of established procedures to solve problems.
  • Act as subject matter expert and primary point person on multiple project areas including escalations processes. Provide mentorship, oversight, quality feedback, and direction to teammates.
  • Coordinate cross-functionally on process and policy outreach, maintaining feedback loop with stakeholders to identify issues and drive further improvement.
  • Work non-standard, on-call rotation weekend, and holiday hours.

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