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Can someone download a webvideo from You Tube
Can it be done

 11:15 pm on Nov 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hey guys there are several videos that i found on youtube that are not only informative but funny and great for my visitors to browse. However the people who put up the video are no longer around. Is there a way that I can get the video without the You Tube Link. The You Tube slows down the loading of the site as well. So is there any way to get the video file and save it to my computer and upload it to my website.




 1:23 am on Nov 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

That would be theft!

You can embed the video very easily, and the 'slow down' compared to having the video on-site, is minimal.

You could contact the person who placed the vids on YouTube and ask them - but embedding is probably a much slicker solution.


 5:07 pm on Nov 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

There are a number of Firefox plugins that will allow you to download YouTube videos and save them as .flv files. You will need a player that can play .flv files. (For example, VLC.)

Uploading the file to your website would almost certainly be a violations of YouTube's terms of service, and a violation of the rights of both the maker of the video and YouTube.

That you are unable to contact the author does not invalidate a copyright! (Note that there is a move to update the copyright laws to more fairly deal with abandoned copyrights, but as I understand it there is no relief under currently law.)


 5:47 pm on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

If I remember well, there are some Greasemonkey scripts that add this feature to Youtube pages. :-)

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