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What is the legal distinction between watching a YouTube video in a browser and downloading it for personal use?

Although you aren't interested in the TOS, you should be. You are not allowed to make any copy of other people's stuff without permission. The TOS is how you get permission. First, the author uploads ...
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Am I allowed to use images from sites like Pixabay in my YouTube videos?

As far as copyright goes... Pixabay: Yes (with minor exceptions) Pixabay's license is quite broad, and allows for unattributed commercial use with a small number of exceptions. You can't "use ...
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Is there a copyright issue for TikTok or YouTube users who upload a short film on the app?

No, one cannot safely assume that because some people have done a thing without being sued, that it is OK to do a similar thing and no suit is possible. It is possible that people who upload a video, ...
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Which country's jurisdiction applies on YouTube channels?

Does this mean all countries law applies to it? Basically yes. If the videos are in english and are about science in general does this mean if some country some day bans ( imprisonment ) science ...
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Can patents be featured/explained in a youtube video i.e. are patent descriptions/images in public domain?

The government's position is that material in the patent documents is generally in the public domain See Public Domain Copyright Trademark & Patent Information Schedule: As part of the terms of ...
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What is the legal distinction between watching a YouTube video in a browser and downloading it for personal use?

Copying is a necessary and pervasive part of typical internet usage. Visiting any website requires, not only that it is temporarily copied and saved onto your hard drive, but also that every ...
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Does YouTube legally need proactive takedown?

Under the DMCA(United States Federal Law: Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and its Safe Harbor provisions, yes, Youtube is protected from copyright claims, provided they comply when they receive a ...
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Am I allowed to use images from sites like Pixabay in my YouTube videos?

It Depends, but Probably Not You may not make copies of someone else's copyright images without permission. Even more, you may not use such images to help you make money without permission. Sites such ...
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Why do so many YouTube channels ask people if it's OK to show them in their videos?

This has some basis in law. You need permission from a person to commercially exploit their likeness especially in California, and a waiver is a way of staving off future lawsuit over right of ...
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Right to personal data on youtube : what if account is banned

No, a company cannot suspend your GDPR rights – contracts can't override the law. Your rights as a data subject apply as long as your personal data is being processed. However, there is no requirement ...
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Using a recipe in a YouTube video

Copyright In most (all?) jurisdictions, copyright protects creative expression, not ideas. In united-states doctrine, that is known as the idea-expression distinction, but that concept is not US-...
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Can I make a sports compilation on Youtube using clips from various broadcasts?

Unfortunately, the "but everyone does that" (BEDT) argument doesn't hold water as evidenced by prosecutions of looters. Would uploading this video be a copyright infringement? It would be hard to ...
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Can others simply repost my Creative Commons YouTube video?

Yes, as long as they give you credit, the Creative Commons - Attribution License (CC-BY) allows a person to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, ...
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Is Patty Mayo's Youtube content legal?

If Mayo's content was against YouTube's Terms of Service, due to copyright, illegal activity or lack of model releases for the people filmed, I think by now Google would have taken his channel down ...
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How do UK pranksters "trollstation" get away with repeatedly impersonating police officers?

It's illegal if the intent is to deceive. Under S50(1) of the Police Act 1996: Any person who with intent to deceive impersonates a member of a police force or special constable, or makes any ...
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Which country's jurisdiction applies on YouTube channels?

Many We know, that YouTubers can sue each other using the US Court system since the "Akila Obviously v Sargon of Akkad" - Akilah Saidah Kamaria Hughes is a New Yorker, Carl Benjamin is a ...
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Who is responsible for comments on YouTube?

Under U.S. law, Section 230 (47 U.S.C. § 230) limits liability for comments solely to the comment maker and not to the video uploader or YouTube. It basically says that there is no duty to moderate ...
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Am I allowed to use images from sites like Pixabay in my YouTube videos?

Don't risk it I am (or have been) a semi-professional photographer, so I have some background information that I think you might find useful. In general, it's even riskier than David Siegel says in ...
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YouTube Upload Copyright

The YouTube Standard License is described in the terms of service. It means that you retain your copyright: you retain all of your ownership rights in your Content. But you also grant YouTube very ...
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Who owns copyright of video gameplay captures?

In general, a gameplay video would be either a partial copy or a derivative work, and in either case an infringement if created without permission. Such a video might be covered under fair use in US ...
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Can a screenshot from a Youtube (standard license) video be used on Wikipedia?

The "Standard Youtube License" or TOS reads You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes ...
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Using Other People's Recipes In a Video?

Recipes themselves are not protectable as intellectual property and a meal made with a recipe is, therefore, not a derivative work (because the meal is not derivative of the particular expression of ...
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Is ilegal use the index of a book as a guideline for make a few of youtube videos?

With respect to the Table of Contents - in the US: https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf What Is Not Protected by Copyright? Copyright does not protect • Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, ...
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Could Sargon of Akkad-related compensation claims damage/ruin Patreon?

This is the earliest dispute resolution clause I can find for Patreon. Some points to note: It calls up (as do all subsequent revisions) JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules & Procedures, These ...
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How to report copyright infringement in YouTube as a third-party?

You can report it to the publisher(s) Protection of copyright is a matter for the individual rights holder: some (I’m looking at you Disney) are vigilant, thorough and draconian in protecting their ...
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Is it legal to profit from explaining a book's content?

That licence does not allow you to do what you want It’s a non-commercial licence and your usage is commercial (making money). You don’t need a licence to perform commentary or review of a book ...
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What does German law say about online threats using Social Media (Youtube)?

YT has certain obligations under Germany’s hate speech law Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen Netzwerken. You can file complaints with a dedicated form. Per se, you are correct:...
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Can I make YouTube videos where I read parts of a book aloud

The following answer is based on US-law. I am not a lawyer; this is not legal advice. If the book you read is in the public domain* you should be fine. Otherwise what you are doing is copyright ...
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Whistling copyrighted music on youtube

Yes it's illegal. Just like singing/whistling happy birthday in public (used to be) illegal. You could be sued for untold amount of damages that could ruin your life forever (in theory). If you ...
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