Downloading other people's content from YouTube
can be a pretty hairy situation both ethically and legally.
Today, let's talk about the situations
in which you can legally download videos from YouTube.
Hey guys, my name is Tim Schmoyer
and welcome to Video Creators, the channel that
is all about helping you guys grow your YouTube body
so you can spread a message that reaches people and changes
And sometimes in the process of doing
that, making your own content, you see a clip on YouTube
you really want to use in one of your own videos,
and you really want to download.
Or maybe you just want to download it
so you can watch it offline whether you're
on the bus or the gym or something like that.
When can you do this?
Well, first of all, let's go to YouTube's terms of service.
And there's two parts in there that say this.
Section 4c-- you agree to not access content
through any technology or means other than the video playback
pages of the service itself, the embeddable player
or other explicitly authorized means
that YouTube may designate.
And then downscrolling to section 5b.
Content is provided to you as is.
You may access content for your information and personal use
solely as intended through the provided functionality
of the service and as permitted under these terms of service.
You shall not download any content
unless you see a download or similar link
displayed by YouTube on the service for that content.
No, according to YouTube's terms of service,
you may not download any other content from the platform
really for any use whatsoever.
Now doing so though, doesn't make it illegal,
it just means that Google has the right
to terminate your account if they catch you doing it
and feel like that's necessary to do.
However, it is illegal for reasons bigger than Google
It's because you are downloading someone else's copyrighted
content without a license to use that content
in an explicit way.
The creator owns that content and gives a license to YouTube
to host and distribute that content.
But that does not mean that the creator has given you
a license to do the same.
Now in the U.S. there are situations that are clearly
fair use, usage of other people's content,
and under those situations, that might be an exception.
You can have and use in that content without the original
But generally speaking if that's not the case,
then you are stealing the content.
We're not going to get into internet piracy
here in this video.
But I think we can all generally agree as creators,
that it hurts creators and the platform
as a whole when people do this.
There is one situation where any of us though, can absolutely
legally download videos and watch them offline.
Say for example, you're on the bus
and you don't want to use all your data.
You don't want to burn through all that
and pay for your mobile device or maybe you're
going to be out of cell phone service,
maybe on the subway, the city or going for an airplane ride.
You want to catch up on all your subscriptions
and you don't want to pay the really high Wi-fi fee
on that airplane to do that.
Well, if you are a subscriber of YouTube Red,
then yes, you can download all those videos
you want inside the YouTube app.
You push the download button that the terms of service
talks about, and you can watch all of those videos
off your mobile device.
And it's great because when you do reconnect the Wi-fi, all
your watch time, all your views would sync to YouTube server.
And the creators count, their channel,
they get credit for you watching their video still.
As a subscriber to YouTube Red myself,
I love that feature inside the app.
There's a whole bunch of other features
that come with YouTube Red, also, if you're not already
I'm not sponsored, affiliated, in any way,
I just really love the service.
Not seeing any ads on YouTube whatsoever, having full access
to Google, Music Play, which is basically
Music Play Music, which is basically their Spotify music
It's just awesome.
I love it.
And I also love that as a YouTube Red subscriber, when
I watch other people's videos on YouTube,
those creators are earning more money from me as a YouTube Red
subscriber, than they would be earning just
from passive, ad-supported viewers.
So YouTube Red is great all the way around.
It wasn't supposed to be a commercial about anything,
but that's how you can legally download videos and not have
any problems with the post.
Posts are super easy and built in to the app.
Now I am not a lawyer, but these are the general principles
that I found to make sense to me.
So I'd love to hear what you guys think in the comments
below about downloading videos.
When do you do it?
When do you not do it?
And what would you recommend about YouTube Red as a whole?
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will see you guys again next Thursday
for another YouTube tip.
See you then.