Help ! Does anyone know what EXACTLY is the story with embedding ???

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Hi everyone,

There seems to be a lot of confusion lately :confused:, and uncertainty , relating to the issue of possible copyright infringement by internet marketers like ourselves, who "embed" videos and photos into their blogs or websites...

Youtube has been offering this feature for quite some time and now there is Pinterest, which seems to make things even more complicated...

My question is very simple: Is it allowed to go to Youtube or Pinterest, pick a video (or an image), copy its embed code and paste it into MY blog/website or whatever ??? YES or NO ???

If it is OK, why there are so many arguments about it ???

If it is not OK, how come it is done by two international social-networks and nobody stops it ? Why does the "small guy" has to be exposed when it is, actually, the social-network that made him believe there is nothing wrong ???

Please ! Does anyone understand what is the EXACT legal situation ???

Cheers, Roni
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by RoniShwartz View Post

    Please ! Does anyone understand what is the EXACT legal situation ???

    Cheers, Roni
    Roni, as your post pointed out, the 'exact legal situation' is still being sorted out. As such, no one is going to be able to give you a decent answer.

    Although I do expect some BS and a lot of ranting and whining...:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author mgreener
    When you upload to a site such as Youtube, you are given options as to what type of copyright you would like to use. Take a look at the copyright for the specific video that you want to embed.
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    • I have to admit I'm confused by this too.

      I wrote a blog post to help people figure out how to use videos they've bought on Fiverr. I embedded a very helpful video from YouTube, very relevant. I summarized its main points, in my own words, underneath.

      (VIDEO) You’ve bought a kick-ass video on Fiverr. Now what? Part 1

      Then I emailed the video's owner and told him I was using it in my post. That just seemed like the polite thing to do. No response. His business is clearly identified in the vid, so I thought he'd be pleased I was promoting it.

      I assumed it was okay to use the video because embedding was enabled. Was that wrong?

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  • Profile picture of the author Wendy Maki
    At least with YouTube, the poster of the video decides, through the settings s/he uses for the uploaded video, whether others can embed the video OR simply watch it on the YouTube site.

    Now, whether the poster of the video actually has the IP rights to post the content in the video, that's a whole other kettle of fish but that's really sits on the person who posted the content to YouTube in the first place...

    If you embed a video and then it is removed later from YouTube, it'll also be removed from your own site, so at least that part is automatically taken care of.

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    • Profile picture of the author adamj2
      I believe you are perfectly legally and ethically able to embed any YouTube video onto your own site by using the embed code that YouTube provides when you click the "share" and "embed" tabs.

      Obviously not to copy the file and create your own video from it, but from using the embed code.

      I think as a YouTube video provider there are some sort of terms of the video that you automatically agree to allow people to embed into their own website.

      But you can then opt to not allow people to embed the video and thus the sharing code will not become active. And presumably already embedded videos will no longer work if that change is made after some have already been embedded.

      Embedding existing videos is even a good idea to get some traffic to your website. Instead of creating something interesting yourself, you can take an already viral video and embed that onto your site using the Embed code provided by YouTube and share it and send traffic to the version of that video on your site and not on YouTube.

      The initial video that is embedded gets a backlink from the embed, more views, and exposure so is also helping the original owner.

      I want to see my YouTube videos get syndicated and embedded on other sites and I think that is a key aspect of what YouTube is for.
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  • Profile picture of the author onSubie

    The point of using 'embed' code is that you are not hosting the image or video. If there is a copyright issue, it would be aimed at the hosting site (YouTube/Pinterest).

    Once they remove the offending source image/video, it will disappear from all the locations it is displayed with embed code.

    The YouTube ToS spells out in detail how content producers can set their options to control how a video is shared.

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