These days YouTube is a popular medium to reach out to people and present your creativity. Watching Youtube videos is one of the favorite PasTimes of many.
But how legal is it to watch or download videos here?
Before talking about the legalities, let us first discuss how YouTube’s business works and how anyone can earn money by creating the content.
YouTube has a wide range of content ranging from political debates, music videos to spiritual discourse. Whatever topic you are interested in, you simply need to type in a few keywords and you will get numerous videos related to the topic.
A unique Content Id is given to each individual or company uploading videos so that they can track their copyrighted material. A lot of revenue is generated from the ads which are shown and this revenue is shared among the individuals uploading videos and YouTube.
It is completely legal to watch videos on YouTube. Videos get billions of views regularly, so the ads in them also get an equal number of views, therefore the content owners are paid according to that.
If you upload someone’s original video by creating an account, the person whose video you have uploaded will come to know this because of the unique Content ID. This Id helps to safeguard your videos against infringement and also tracks your video’s performance.
You can then let YouTube know about the misuse of the video and they can take appropriate actions accordingly.
Should I download YouTube videos? Is it legal?
All the videos uploaded fall under Copyright Protection. This Copyright Protection states that anyone can view videos without paying anything. So this means, we can view videos on YouTube, absolutely free of cost and also download them for free.
In fact, YouTube provides a download option with almost all videos. However, there is a catch point here. You can download a video for personal use, but if you create a new ID and upload a downloaded video, claiming it as your own, YouTube and the original owner of the content can take necessary action against you.
So, the best thing here is to view the videos online, enjoy them, but refrain from any infringement. Copying someone else’s work might seem like an easy option to earn quick money, but what if someone else did the same with your original videos?
Moreover, original work always attracts more viewers, because when you are uploading an already popular material, then viewers will not pay much attention to your copied stuff.
Yes, you can download videos for viewing them offline or you can choose the “Watch Later” option and keep viewing your favorite videos again and again.