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Jun 21 2009   10:21AM GMT

YouTube Says, Downloading Your Own Videos is Legal

WPeterson William Peterson Profile: WPeterson

Based on dozens of incoming posts about “Now Download Your YouTube Videos Legally” for last two days, I’m so confused at the first sight. Since these Flash videos on YouTube are not streaming via Real Time Messaging Protocol like Hulu, we’re always downloading these videos into our browser cache when watching them online. So are these totally illegal? Certainly not. And copyright infringement happens only if the downloaded videos are reused as commerical, I guess.

Then I read carefully about such advancement on YouTube offical announcement. LOL! The simple story is, now you can download your uploaded YouTube videos as MP4 files thru a button “Download MP4”. Holy crap, downloading your own uploaded videos is usually the right thing on earth. Jesus, it’s not legal or not. It’s just a free MPEG-4 video conversion feature provided by YouTube!

youtube as mp4

Actually, the upside here is MP4 formats are widely accepted by iPod or most video players, so such free conversion is relatively useful. However, those “so-called illegal YouTube downloaders”, such as, have better options for downloading our own videos.

Some friends usually asked me about the copyright issues on YouTube videos. I donno. But just watching the videos on YouTube, whatever online streaming or downloading to local disk, is definitely legal as we’re free to see anything unknown. Right?

William Peterson

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