How to download video YouTube videos


Is downloading from YouTube legal?

With such an array of free software available to enable you to download music and video from YouTube , it raises the question, is downloading video from YouTube legal?

As with any website, you should always check the Terms of Use (also known as the Terms of Service or Terms and Conditions) before downloading or re-using content. According to YouTube’s 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. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content.”

It is clear from the terms of use that YouTube does not tolerate the downloading of content for personal use or uploading of content to your own website however, you are allowed to embed YouTube content on your own website, blog, wiki or VLE as long as it does not contain advertising.


Fair use

Many teachers recognise the educational benefits of YouTube and many often download and convert video clips to use offline under the “Fair Use” policy. Fair use is an exception to the rule of copyright. It allows someone to use your work without having to ask for permission. Examples of fair use include research and teaching however, beware, do not assume that the rules of fair or educational use automatically apply to all copyright content. Rule of thumb: When in doubt, ask permission. Education World has a comprehensive guide to your rights when downloading and using copyright material if you want to find out more.


Creative Commons

The aim of creative commons is make creative material reusable and more accessible by providing free licences that creators can add to their original work. It allows content creators to distribute their work and modify their copyright terms to best suit their needs. Many photo sharing sites, such as Flickr, allow their users to choose to add creative commons license to their photos when they upload them. Licences can range from full copyright and all rights reserved to public domain and no rights reserved. To find out more, visit creativecommons.org


How to download from YouTube

If, having read this article, you still wish to download videos from YouTube, there is an array of free software available on the web for downloading from YouTube which one you choose depends on your circumstances. Some require you to download and install software on your computer, some require you to install activex controls for your web browser and some just require an email address to send the converted file to.



VDownloader is an excellent programme which allows to download audiovisual clips from the most popular Web sites such as You Tube.

VDownloader lets you select the format you want to save video files in, such as, AVI, MP3, iPhone/iPod compatibility. Further formats are available using a media converter such as FormatFactory

Click here to download VDownloader


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