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4:42 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello all,

Just wondered if you knew about the legality of YouTube Videos. I will create an account to play my own videos on my site.

However, I also intend to embed other videos from other users on my site too. Specifically, I would like to create a "just for fun" section and perhaps have a 10 minute Monty Python video (from another YouTube user) on my site.

Will this get me into trouble?
Thanks for any advice.

12:09 am on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You will be breaking copyright law if you embed any youtube vids that have been uploaded by people who don't own the rights to the material themselves.

Just because its on youtube doesn't mean its legal to use it.
TV clips / music vids are a good example.
Most "official" youtube authors who own that sort of content, eg BBC, disable embedding.

Be also aware that displaying illegal vids is against the TOS of most advertisers, inc Google Adsense.

Plus lots of this type of content disappears regularly, so you've got to keep an eye on those pages.

If people upload stuff they've made themselves, and enable embedding, go for it and display on your pages.

4:39 am on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Go for it!

It's the 'net' and the chances that anyone will notice are small...the chances that anyone will notice and object to your website are even smaller...the chance that someone will notice and object and seek legal recourse are even smaller still but that possibility exists....

do you want to take your chances?

Maybe you have nothing to lose?

6:07 pm on Jan 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's the 'net' and the chances that anyone will notice are small...the chances that anyone will notice and object to your website are even smaller...the chance that someone will notice and object and seek legal recourse are even smaller still but that possibility exists....

I disagree.

It's the 'net', and the chances that anyone seriously interested in collecting royalties on their property will find you are large - you're easy enough to find, as most web sites scream "find me!". If you are a small website with a limited or no legal budget, you're an easy target, too - a lot easier than YouTube.

 

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