Here are the most common intellectual property issues we see regarding YouTube and We Buy Houses® or WeBuyHouses.com®.
Videos that include “We Buy Houses” in the title
As the official name of our company since the 1990s, and as a trademarked term, using “We Buy Houses” as the title of a video is not permitted. Real Estate Investors typically do this to confuse homeowners searching for the legitimate We Buy Houses company into visiting their competing web site instead of WeBuyHouses.com.
Videos using copyrighted images from We Buy Houses
Taking an image from another website and using it in a video, on a web site, or elsewhere without permission is against the law. No images from We Buy Houses may be used in videos without permission.
Usernames that include “webuyhouses” or variations in them
On YouTube a username signifies either a company name, an individual’s name, or an alias. As such, using “webuyhouses” within a username implies that that account is somehow associated with We Buy Houses. This confuses home sellers, and the only reason to do this is an attempt to rank higher in search engines to attract sellers looking for We Buy Houses.
Ultimately, these tactics are about tricking home sellers. Legitimate real estate investors do not engage in deceitful tactics, or those designed to confuse or mislead home owners about the company or organization they are working with.
YouTube’s Takedown Process
We make every effort to work with video owners so that their YouTube channel and/or videos are not infringing on the We Buy Houses trademarks. In some cases, the channel may be abandoned, or the channel owner is unresponsive. In that case we file an official trademark violation notice with YouTube, which can result in the removal of videos or disabling an entire channel.
To avoid loss of access to their channel or videos, investors should ensure they are not using “We Buy Houses” or WeBuyHouses.com in any of their videos or channel/user names.