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Converting Youtube to mp3

Is it illegal or considered piracy to convert a youtube video that is contains a song into mp3?

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You'll need a lawyer. But

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If you look at the agreements you clicked off to use Youtube, you agreed to not do that.

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Not illigal

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I think it is not illegal, because it had copyright.

it is just my opition

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Not sure you fully understand

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Whilst it may not be unlawful, (the jury is still out in courts around the world on the legality of copyright), if anyone intends to deliberately contravene a web sites' Terms and Conditions then they will need proper legal advice.

As it is, these forums will not help people to do that.


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Youtube to MP3

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If you use any online converter then there is no issue.You can do this free of cost.

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It depends

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YouTube as we know is a site were you can upload videos.

Now you tube does say you can download videos and use them in your own as long as it is not the whole video.

According to copy right law lets say i buy an album. I am technically allowed to have 1 extra copy of this at all times as long as you don't distribute this or sell it that is a crime. But lets say you lost the disk for the album. Well then in theory you can make a copy of your copy of the song. Because you still bought it.

Now for you tube nothing says it is illegal to down load songs or videos off it. They do say you cant use it to make money or distribute it. But there is nothing in law that says you cant convert the file to mp3 to play it on your ipod or mp3 player. Because you are still not sharing it or taking credit for it. Also getting it off of torrent or lime wire is illegal music sharing websites are illegal.

The law on this such a grey area. there is no exact set of rules about this instance and the government does not explain what we can do or not and the supreme court does not mention it.

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YouTube's Terms

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5. General restrictions on use

5.1 YouTube hereby grants you permission to access and use the Service, subject to the following express conditions, and you agree that your failure to adhere to any of these conditions shall constitute a breach of these Terms on your part:

A] you agree not to distribute any part of or parts of the Website or the Service, including but not limited to any Content, in any medium without YouTube's prior written authorisation, unless YouTube makes available the means for such distribution through functionality offered by the Service (such as the YouTube Player);

B] you agree not to alter or modify any part of the Website or any of the Service (including but not limited to the YouTube Player and its related technologies);

C] you agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Website itself, the YouTube Player, or such other means as YouTube may explicitly designate for this purpose;

D] you agree not to (or attempt to) circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with any security related features of the Service or features that (i) prevent or restrict use or copying of Content or (ii) enforce limitations on use of the Service or the content accessible via the Service;

E] you agree not to use the Service (including the YouTube Player) for any of the following commercial uses unless you obtain YouTube's prior written approval:
i) the sale of access to the Service
ii) the sale of advertising, sponsorships or promotions placed on or within the Service, or Content;
iii) the sale of advertising, sponsorships or promotions on any page of an ad-enabled blog or website containing Content delivered via the Service unless other material not obtained from YouTube appears on the same page and is of sufficient value to be the basis for such sales


L] you agree not to access Content or any reason other than your personal, non-commercial use solely as intended through and permitted by the normal functionality of the Service, and solely for Streaming. "Streaming" means a contemporaneous digital transmission of the material by YouTube via the Internet to a user operated Internet enabled device in such a manner that the data is intended for real-time viewing and not intended to be downloaded (either permanently or temporarily), copied, stored, or redistributed by the user.

M] You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content.

My bold and underlining.

It seems you are reading different Terms to the rest of us.


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