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Using questionable youtube videos
Copyright infringement?

5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4193864 posted 11:04 pm on Aug 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Could I be accused (or in the worst case sued) for copyright infringement if I embed a youtube video that was uploaded by someone else onto the youtube site?

After all, I'm not the one hosting the video and I wasn't the one who uploaded the video in the first place.

Is the onus purely on youtube to handle videos which infringe on the copyright of the owner of said video?



Msg#: 4193864 posted 12:05 am on Aug 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hard legal question to answer, but I would say in would fall on YouTube as long as you did NOT "steal" it from the web page in a way that is not the normal copy/paste of the given HTML code sometimes supplied by YouTube. I am not a lawyer, so you would be better to seek real legal advice if you suspect you may have a problem in this area.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4193864 posted 4:21 am on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

I've had people complain about videos we embed, and once I point out that their beef is with YouTube, they understand that they have to kill it at the source. I think it would be a huge stretch to find you liable for a video that came with embedding enabled from YouTube unless you were doing something willfully malicious.


Msg#: 4193864 posted 7:46 am on Sep 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

Embedding is not usually a problem for you unless the content is really beyond the pale and breaks more laws than copyright. Companies will focus on taketown notices directly to YouTube.


Msg#: 4193864 posted 10:18 pm on Oct 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Copyright owners of audiovisual works have exclusive rights such as distributing, publicly performing, and publicly displaying the works. A person who violates these rights is infringing. These exclusive rights do though, have a few limitations, such as for Fair use and Reproduction by libraries and archives.

Does this help?


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