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Youtube & copyright infringement


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 03:55 PM

I have an addon to firefox that will download youtube videos to my computer. I don't know how to determine which videos are OK to download as far as copyright infringement. A lot of the videos have clips from tv shows/movies along w/ an audio track of a popular recording. Per youtube's copyright policy I'm assuming the authors of these videos got permission to use the clips/song. Is downloading these videos to view not distribute OK or would that be copyright infringement?
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 06:53 PM

I don't think it would be infringement as long as you don't distribute them, because if you are viewing them online and then download it then it is like you are still just viewing it.(if you can understand that).
Maybe someone else can chime in and give a better answer. :)

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#3 MaryBet82

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:22 PM

Thanks computerxpds

I tried downloading and there wasn't a warning, so I guess it's OK. I can always delete if I find out differently. It saves me having to add a lot of bookmarks to keep track of my favorites since I have lots of room on my hdd at present - I can just put them in a folder in Movies.
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 12:55 AM

Copyright infringement is normally related to selling or providing copyrighted content. The person that's uploading the video is the one violating copyright.

Although the law is a bit more then that, that's basically what is happening.

and no, about 90% of the audio tracks/videos on youtube are violations of someone's copyright.

As an individual you shouldn't worry too much about copyright unless you're selling or uploading the content.



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Edit and Disclaimer: Just because they don't "care" for you downloading songs without paying for them it doesn't make it right. if you enjoy a author's work by all means, buy the sound track from a place such as iTunes.

Edited by NpaMA, 07 December 2010 - 12:56 AM.





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