Can't download YouTube videos

DevilDevansh

TS Member
If downloading a Youtube video is illegal ( Apparently Most Are ), then why does Real player put a 'Download This " pop-up ? Looks to me like Real Player would need o stop putting a pop up in their player.
see what bobcat said
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Youtube’s Terms of Service

When you use the site you are agreeing to abide by its terms. This is a contractual relationship between you the user and YouTube. YouTube’s Terms of Service state:

“Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these. 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.”

In other words, unless there is a download link for the video, downloading it using a YouTube downloader tool would violate the YouTube Terms of Service contract you agree to by using the site. The existence of intellectual rights on the videos is another, independent consideration.

Important clarification: TechSpot is strictly committed to legality and will not entertain illegal content or assist in any illegal actions. Now, I'm not preaching or telling anybody he shouldn't download YouTube videos, and I'm not even saying I haven't done this myself. I am merely informing on the legal aspect of the activity and on TechSpot’s general policy regarding legality of posted material and advice.​
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falcon89

TS Rookie
Downloading videos off Youtube is NOT illegal, it is a breach of contract as a violation of the terms of service, but there is nothing criminal about it.



Youtube’s Terms of Service

When you use the site you are agreeing to abide by its terms. This is a contractual relationship between you the user and YouTube. YouTube’s Terms of Service state:

“Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these. 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.”

In other words, unless there is a download link for the video, downloading it using a YouTube downloader tool would violate the YouTube Terms of Service contract you agree to by using the site. The existence of intellectual rights on the videos is another, independent consideration.

Important clarification: TechSpot is strictly committed to legality and will not entertain illegal content or assist in any illegal actions. Now, I'm not preaching or telling anybody he shouldn't download YouTube videos, and I'm not even saying I haven't done this myself. I am merely informing on the legal aspect of the activity and on TechSpot’s general policy regarding legality of posted material and advice.
 

slamscaper

TS Addict
I'd just like to add that YouTube does not actually stream video to their clients. Every time you watch a video on YouTube, it is downloaded into your browser's cache and then played back (playback occurs while it's downloading in most cases).

This means you don't need any fancy tools for downloading a YouTube video, because this happens automatically when you watch one. Now, if you want to keep the video you watched, you just need to find out where your browser stored it on the hard drive. This can be done by performing a search for any files created in the time frame that playback occurred. You can narrow down your search by telling Windows to ignore files that are less than 1MB in size. You'll pull up a small list of files with random names. Look for the largest one and copy it to your desktop. Rename it to filename.flv and try to play it (note that you'll need a proper codec installed to play .flv files directly). If it doesn't play, choose the next likely candidate from your list and repeat the process. Before you know it, you'll be able to spot the videos easily.

Note that the videos are only stored temporarily, so don't watch any other videos until you save the one you just watched. Also, don't close your browser because it may flush the cache depending on your settings.
 

Taycat

TS Rookie
Honestly, Youtube is a large cesspool of copyright infringement within itself. You have people who record themselves playing video games and posting them and getting monetized from it with youtube partners. Then you have the small people who simply upload some songs so others may listen to them and they get taken down within a few months. Maybe even days! It's sickening really.
 

Kang0808

TS Rookie
It's just a problem with Copy right. It youtube's decision to protect the Intelligent property of the uploader's
 

bwarren97

TS Enthusiast
I have stumbled across this topic and decided to step in, because I, too, am upset that I cannot download videos through RealPlayer anymore. I noticed the replies to this topic are mainly talking about Copyright issues, and I thought I could give some input.

What I think, is that YouTube could add a option for the people uploading videos to allow/disallow video downloads, or something that automatically does so based on copyright information for the video or channel. Also, downloaded videos could include some protective measures to avoid people re-uploading said videos (to any site, really), to avoid confusion between who's video is who's. I believe this could solve some issues with people trying to download videos to watch later, or maybe keep for personal use.