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9:39 am on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Can someone tell me what can happen if someone upload copywrited videos on youtube and promote site on that video?

I know that there are many videos there.

Youtube will remove them, but is it possible to have any legal problem with law, and what kind of problems can someone expect if do this?

Thank you in advance.

10:57 am on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Every video has a copyright owner, and from your post, I'm getting that you are not that person.

It all depends who complains, which country you are in, and if it's the same country as the complainers.

In most countries, you are breaking the law, you are also breaking Youtube's TOS.

So the possibilities are many, from a rapid ban by Youtube (that's almost definite), to being sued, to (unlikely) spending a few years in a cell. Either way, you'll almost certainly spend a few dollars on a lawyer.

All this, of course, assumes that someone notices. Spamming Youtube - with or without stolen videos - has not proved to be an effective marketing tool for many.

11:05 am on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Quadrille, but what do you mean: spamming youtube WITHOUT stole videos?
11:15 am on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member quadrille is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Some people spam youtube with videos they made themselves - that doesn't break copyright laws, but it probably breaks YouTube's TOS, and usually attracts little interest from youtubers.

There are exceptions, but don't forget that 97% of the stuff on youtube is cr*p, and just sits there - there's no law making people watch cr*p, and often they choose not to. Most of YouTube's major successes have been as much luck as skill - and not everybody can be lucky ;)

You'll likely be spending time and effort marketing a video that promotes your site, where you might just as well cut out the middle man and promote your site!