How To Legally Download YouTube Videos

Downloading other people’s content from YouTube  can be a pretty hairy situation both ethically and legally.  Today, let’s talk about the situations in which you can legally download videos from YouTube.

Hey guys, my name is Tim Schmoyer and welcome to Video Creators, the channel that is all about helping you guys grow your YouTube body so you can spread a message that reaches people and changes their lives. And sometimes in the process of doing that, making your own content, you see a clip on YouTube you really want to use in one of your own videos, and you really want to download.

Or maybe you just want to download it so you can watch it offline whether you’re on the bus or the gym or something like that. When can you do this? Well, first of all, let’s go to YouTube’s terms of service. And there’s two parts in there that say this. Section 4c– you agree to not access content through any technology or means other than the video playback

pages of the service itself, the embeddable player or other explicitly authorized means that YouTube may designate.

And then downscrolling to section 5b. Content is provided to you as is. You may access content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the service and as permitted under these terms of service.

You shall not download any content unless you see a download or similar link displayed by YouTube on the service for that content. No, according to YouTube’s terms of service, you may not download any other content from the platform really for any use whatsoever. Now doing so though, doesn’t make it illegal, it just means that Google has the right to terminate your account if they catch you doing it and feel like that’s necessary to do.

However, it is illegal for reasons bigger than Google really. It’s because you are downloading someone else’s copyrighted content without a license to use that content in an explicit way. The creator owns that content and gives a license to YouTube to host and distribute that content. But that does not mean that the creator has given you a license to do the same.

Now in the U.S. there are situations that are clearly fair use, usage of other people’s content, and under those situations, that might be an exception. You can have and use in that content without the original creator’ permission.

But generally speaking if that’s not the case, then you are stealing the content. We’re not going to get into internet piracy here in this video.

But I think we can all generally agree as creators,  that it hurts creators and the platform

as a whole when people do this. There is one situation where any of us though, can absolutely

legally download videos and watch them offline.

Say for example, you’re on the bus  and you don’t want to use all your data. You don’t want to burn through all that and pay for your mobile device or maybe you’re going to be out of cell phone service, maybe on the subway, the city or going for an airplane ride.

You want to catch up on all your subscriptions and you don’t want to pay the really high Wi-fi fee on that airplane to do that.  Well, if you are a subscriber of YouTube Red, then yes, you can download all those videos you want inside the YouTube app. If want to covert any youtube video into mp3 formate please read more.

You push the download button that the terms of service talks about, and you can watch all of those videos off your mobile device. And it’s great because when you do reconnect the Wi-fi, all your watch time, all your views would sync to YouTube server.

And the creators count, their channel, they get credit for you watching their video still. As a subscriber to YouTube Red myself, I love that feature inside the app. There’s a whole bunch of other features that come with YouTube Red, also,

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