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Legality of Youtube Downloader

by drewlore / February 26, 2009 7:26 AM PST

I'm a novice desktop publisher, and I want to start messing with multimedia. A great source, of course, is youtube, and I've been hearing a lot about a slew of youtube downloading programs. Some posts around the net are saying "it depends". Just curious...

Are they legal?

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So let's say you abide by Youtube's rules?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2009 10:14 AM PST

If so, then you have to leave it there.
These forums don't help others break the rules.

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Exactly what I wanted to hear
by drewlore / February 26, 2009 10:25 AM PST

Such a simple answer for a simple question. Thanks so much, R. Proffitt.

*Just to clear things up, there was no intention of breaking the law or for asking for help to do so. Don't jump so quickly to such conlusions. Next time I'll email Youtube instead of wasting your time.

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No trouble at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 9:55 PM PST

Ask Youtube if the agreement was not understandable. Most of our moderators understand that we can't download their stuff.

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Youtube TOS
by Kees Bakker / April 4, 2009 8:36 PM PDT

No need to mail them. Their TOS are on their website. This is 5B:
"You may access User Submissions for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the YouTube Website. You shall not copy or download any User Submission unless you see a 'download' or similar link displayed by YouTube on the YouTube Website for that User Submission."

That's clear to me: downloading is not allowed. And that's what Bob said: abide by THEIR rules. Glad to read that you find it as simple as we do.



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Different people see from different standpoints.
by cocoo1203 / March 2, 2009 10:44 AM PST

I think it is leagal if you never have any commercial use or act of tort.
You essentially have the right to make a backup copy for personal use but do not have the right to go around the hoops as such. Here's the wikipedia entry, which is helpful, as it lists the exceptions-

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Legality of Youtube Downloader
by stevezachjohnson / April 4, 2009 8:19 PM PDT

I think it depends if whether or not they are in jurisdiction and if it doesn't violate the terms of services..

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