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Downloading Videos, YouTube ToS, Copyright, and You

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Published on Jun 9, 2009

This is a response to The Masked Analyst on downloading videos, where I talk about how it relates to copyright, and what all this means for you.

The Masked Analyst's video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7wXgj...

YouTube Terms of Service:
http://www.youtube.com/t/terms

ToS Clause 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."

ToS Clause 6C:
"For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service. The above licenses granted by you in User Videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Videos from the YouTube Website. You understand and agree, however, that YouTube may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted. The above licenses granted by you in User Comments are perpetual and irrevocable."

To the Masked Analyst (or anyone who wants to respond):
If you decide to watch this video, I would deeply appreciate it if you tell me what you think about what I've talked about. Tell me if you think my interpretation of the ToS is accurate, and any other thoughts you have.

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