How To Legally Download YouTube Videos

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

their lives.

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

creator' permission.

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

a subscriber.

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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We're all about helping you guys grow your YouTube audiences

and your channels so you can reach people,

spread your message and impact their lives.

Thanks for hanging out, subscribe and I

will see you guys again next Thursday

for another YouTube tip.

See you then.