Is This A Copyright Issue Or Is It Ok?

by Jakehyten 9 replies
Lets say i have a site that sells a forex product and I go on youtube and find someone that has actually used the product and made a lil video showing how it actually works.

Am I allowed to take that video and put it on my site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    You cannot copy the video to your site and use it. You could link to it and you might even be able to embed the link, if the video allows embedding.

    But, to be safe, you might want to ask permission, especially if you embed it. The user might disable embedding, and then you'd find yourself with a black box.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jakehyten
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      You cannot copy the video to your site and use it. You could link to it and you might even be able to embed the link, if the video allows embedding.

      But, to be safe, you might want to ask permission, especially if you embed it. The user might disable embedding, and then you'd find yourself with a black box.
      Embed it is what i meant
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      • Profile picture of the author SunTzu82
        Yeah I think you can legally embed any videos on Youtube, once you upload Youtube owns all the rights to it. As long as you're not telling people that it's a video made by you, I think you would be ok.
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        • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
          Originally Posted by SunTzu82 View Post

          Yeah I think you can legally embed any videos on Youtube, once you upload Youtube owns all the rights to it.
          NO! YouTube does not own the rights to it. By uploading to YouTube, you are granting them a license to display the video, but you are not transferring ownership to them, as indicated in section 6C of their Terms of Service.

          Also, there are restrictions on commercial use. Sections 4D-E covers these restrictions. Section 4F covers embedding. Mainly, they are trying to restrict sites from doing nothing more than showing a bunch of videos and trying to earn revenue by selling ads on the site. But, anyone wanting to use YouTube videos on a commercial site should read through their Terms of Service to make sure your usage is okay.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        I'm not a lawyer, but I would think that, if the video doesn't have embedding disabled, you could embed it in your site. If the owner didn't want it embedded on other sites, they could have disabled that feature. If the owner didn't list any restrictions alongside the video, then I would think that would further protect you.

        If they don't want the video appearing on your site, all they have to do is disable embedding. And, that possibility is something you would need to be aware of.

        That's my thoughts. I would use an ounce of caution and ask, but, otherwise, if you're just embedding the link, and not downloading the video itself to your site, you're probably okay, as control of the video would still be in the hands of the owner (or YouTube).

        Again, though, I'm not a lawyer.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sean A McAlister
          If the video has embedding disabled then the link would not be available.

          Additionally, users of Youtube can make their video's private.

          If the video has an embedded link via the users channel or to the right of the video you can use it.

          The real question is if that user has incorporated any copyrighted material into their video....such as logo's, music, photography etc....That is what you need to watch for.

          As far as the video itself....if the user did not make it private you can embed it anywhere. After all that is how video's go Viral.

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      • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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        Originally Posted by Jakehyten View Post

        Embed it is what i meant
        Of course you can. You don't have to ask for permission. They've already given permission.That's why Youtube provides the embed code for each video.
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      • Originally Posted by Jakehyten View Post

        Embed it is what i meant
        I've embedded YouTube videos on my site. YouTube will know that you have done it, and will link back to your site. Unfortunately, this is a "NoFollow" link, but it will probably give you some targeted traffic.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jakehyten
          Great information. I think now that I can embed others videos my conversion will go from 2% to 3%!
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