12 November 2012

Can I Download Youtube's videos/songs?

Can I download / grab videos / songs  from Youtube? is it legal to download videos and songs from youtube? 

first let's find out whether it's a original work by the user itself or not, if it's not we can refer to the guide below about copy right infringement

What is copyright infringement?
Copyright infringement occurs when a copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner.

What happen if we upload some copyrighted material in youtube? 
Posting copyright-infringing content can lead to the removal of your videos and possibly monetary damages if a copyright owner decides to take legal action (this is serious—you can get sued!). Repeat infringers' accounts are terminated. These users are permanently prohibited from using YouTube.

How do I avoid copyright infringement?
The way to ensure that your video doesn't infringe someone else's copyright is to use your skills and imagination to create something completely original. It could be as simple as taping some of your friends goofing around, and as complicated as filming your own short movie with a script, actors, and the whole works. If it's all yours, you never have to worry about the copyright—you own it! Make sure to follow the other guidelines in the terms of use, too.

Below are some guidelines to help you determine whether your video may infringe someone else's copyright.

If you taped it off cable, videotaped your TV screen, or downloaded it from some other website, it may still be copyright infringement and requires the copyright owner's permission to distribute or can only be used within the limits of legal exceptions to copyright.
If you give credit to the owner/author/songwriter—it may still be copyright infringement.
If you are not selling the video for money—it may still be copyright infringement.
If similar videos appear on our site—it may still be copyright infringement.
If the video contains a copyright notice—it may still be copyright infringement.
If you created a video made of short clips of copyrighted content—even though you edited it together, it may still be copyright infringement.

So can we download the video from youtube? 
1. check whether the video is created by the user (original work), if not refer the guide above
2. check the license, you can check the status of the license below the video
3. if it's standard youtube license
basically we can download and distribute 

else refer to the CC (creative common) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ (bottom of the page) 

source: http://www.youtube.com/t/copyright_faq 

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