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Legal to show youtube video in public presentation?
March 9, 2010 12:52 PM   Subscribe

Would it be legal to show a youtube video (which I assume is copyrighted) in a public not for profit presentation? Secondly, would it be legal to download a video rather than streaming it and show it in the same manner?

I know that there is no chance that I will get arrested or sued for this, but I am just trying to find out the proper legal boundaries, basically to do the right thing.

I am assuming that since a video is put online, it is accessible for public viewing. So is there any difference between a personal or in a large group viewing? For example, I know it is illegal to show television shows to large audiences, even if you are not charging for it.

And by extension, if that is ok, then is it also ok to download it and show it publicly?

Also, would this qualify under "fair use", since I would be using it for "educational purposes?"

I checked the youtube Terms of Use and didn't see anything specifically about this.
posted by roaring beast to Law & Government (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I asked a very similar question awhile ago. This answer was particularly helpful.

I was using original content (i.e. not a TV clip posted by a viewer), and so I contacted each filmmaker (the 'owner of content') via YouTube and asked for their permission. Every single person I contacted was happy to give me permission.
posted by Knicke at 12:59 PM on March 9, 2010


Thanks, I think that pretty much answered my question!
posted by roaring beast at 1:06 PM on March 9, 2010


I think you have correctly identified the "best answer" to what you're trying to accomplish.

As a purely academic exercise...under what circumstances would downloading the video and then re-showing it outside of YouTube NOT run afoul of section 4(A) of the YouTube terms of use:

4. General Use of the Website—Permissions and Restrictions
YouTube hereby grants you permission to access and use the Website as set forth in these Terms of Service, provided that:
A. You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Website, including but not limited to User Submissions (defined below), without YouTube's prior written authorization.


The full analysis would require someone to look at fair use exceptions (which is a really difficult can of worms to address without getting into pretty specific legal advice situations).

Since you said you looked at the YouTube Terms of Use and didn't see anything, I thought you should take a closer look at this...
posted by QuantumMeruit at 1:27 PM on March 9, 2010


You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Website, including but not limited to User Submissions (defined below), without YouTube's prior written authorization.

Damn. Now I can't plagiarize youtube comments. Frowny face.
posted by srboisvert at 2:38 PM on March 9, 2010


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