Copyright Law on Youtube Video’s


Copyright Law on YouTube

Is it legal to use YouTube video’s on your blog or website ?

Disclaimer I am not a lawyer. I have limited knowledge of any copyright laws. Please do not take the information in this article as legal advice.

I use YouTube video’s on this blog. I try to upload video’s from reputable YouTube sites that I assume have the copyright to the video. In saying that, if a video is not created by you, it means that someone else owns the copyright. The copyright owner has the right to give you permission to republish the video or deny you the permission.

When owners of videos publish them on YouTube, they are given the option to enable or disable the Share button for their videos. The Share button, when clicked, provides the HTML code that allows others to insert the video into their sites or blog. If the owner enables the Share button, it means that they want others to upload the video. Embedded video is just a link, the video is still on YouTube with the YouTube branding intact (including any video ads).

The YouTube TOS states the following 

You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service. ~~ [YouTube TOS part 6C]

This clearly states that the owner of the video grants you a limited license to embed the video simply by leaving the embed option on (which is part of the functionality of the YouTube Service).


There is a chance that someone other than the copyright owners has illegally uploaded the video. Uploading such videos puts your website at risk. You may have the most innocent of intentions, but if the copyright owner takes you to court, you’ll end up having to prove your innocence.
In my opinion there is little reason to fear being sued for uploading YouTube video’s into your website. The odds of copyright infringement leading to a courtroom are very slim. It is something you should be aware of if you are using YouTube video’s on your site. Here is YouTube fair use Guideline  and YouTube Copyright guideline

If you would like more information here is a link to a great article



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