Is it illegal to download videos off YouTube? 3 Answers as of June 26, 2013

Is it illegal to download gaming videos off of YouTube? Such as the Sims 3 Let's Play videos? Please also give me proof.

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Roe Law Firm
Roe Law Firm | Theodore M. Roe
If you are downloading them onto your own hard drive, then yes, this could violate copyright law.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 6/26/2013
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
US Copyright law requires the permission of the copyright owner. However, videos posted by the copyright owner on sites such as YouTube are usually placed there with the understanding that the video will be seen by anyone who comes to the site and potentially downloaded. For YouTube's specific rules on downloading, check the site's fine print.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 6/26/2013
Lawyer for Indie Media
Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
One of the basic rights of copyright is the right to make a copy. The owner of the copyright is the one who has the right to make a copy. Therefore, if you want to make a copy, you need permission from the copyright owner. The person who makes the Let's Play videos lists his email on youtube. You can email him and ask if you can have his permission to make a copy, and tell him for what purpose. He may be in a position where he cannot give that permission. The videos are monetized, meaning they have ads on them. That means the copyright owner as well as youtube are making a tiny amount of money for each time the videos are viewed. The only way to find out if you will be give permission is to ask.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 6/25/2013
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