Which element on the MLA template applies to the uploader of an online work, like a video?
Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.
The name of the person or organization responsible for uploading the video should be listed in the “Other contributors” slot regardless of whether the uploader appears to be the author—that is, the same person or organization that created the video. There is often no way to know—although some persons and organizations obtain verification from sites such as YouTube and Twitter so that a distinguishing mark indicates that the video was indeed uploaded by the person or organization.
However, not everyone can or does take this step, so the omission of verification does not mean that the video was uploaded by someone else. In addition, the name of the account doing the uploading does not always match the entity whose work it presents (e.g., the YouTube account for the Modern Language Association is ModernLanguageAssoc).
For example, in the entry below, for a video from the Modern Language Association, the name the MLA uses for its YouTube channel is listed as the uploader of the video and no verification mark appears, even though the MLA did upload the work:
“2016 MLA-Prize-Winning Publications.” YouTube, uploaded by ModernLanguageAssoc, 18 Jan. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKROuhFF9dU.