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Old 09-30-2006, 10:55 PM   #1
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Is it legal to watch YouTube?


I see articles left and right about YouTube receiving cease and desist letters telling them to take down copyrighted material. I also see articles left and right about morons who downloaded films off the internet that were sued. Put two and two together and one would think watching YouTube content might be illegal too. Of course, often times it is hard for the viewer to determine exactly which content on YouTube is legally placed there. Has there been any cases where people watching copyrighted content on YouTube were targeted by the copyright holders with legal action?
 
Old 09-30-2006, 11:10 PM   #2
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I think that would be a bit of a stretch. Most of the issues with copyright infringment regard unauthorized duplication or distribution of copyrighted works. Obviously things that are inherently illegal to view, like child pornography, would be different entirely. Note that I'm not a lawyer and I've never played one on tv either so it would be wise to take my opinion as you would taking medical advice from some random person on the intarnets.
 
Old 09-30-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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Note that I'm not a lawyer and I've never played one on tv either so it would be wise to take my opinion as you would taking medical advice from some random person on the intarnets.
I quite understand that this is not the place to find a lawyer. Yet, I figure there are a lot of people on this site and someone might have run into a related article or thread discussing the matter. I have had little luck in finding information from Google searches myself.
 
Old 09-30-2006, 11:55 PM   #4
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I don't care either way - as though this is something like a crime like murder or arson which the music and movie industry makes it to be. And I'm going to continue watching youtube videos if it interests me, regardless of whether it's copyright or not. If somebody wants to take down a particular video from youtube that's their problem not mine.

They show lots of copyright material on Television too, by the way. Every damn thing out there in fact is bloody copyrighted if you think about it (including this post of mine which I'm making here) and if viewing copyrighted material is going to be illegal, I think we need to poke our eyes out to comply.

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:58 AM   #5
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Every damn thing out there in fact is bloody copyrighted if you think about it (including this post of mine which I'm making here)
True? So pasting what you have just posted here on another site is a potential copyright infringement?

In magazines you will often see "reprinted by permission" but less often on websites. Most often I will use a link or at least try to give due credit.
 
Old 10-01-2006, 10:24 AM   #6
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True? So pasting what you have just posted here on another site is a potential copyright infringement?
Possibly, but not to the original poster. The copyright would more than likely be owned by linuxquestions.org. Confusing isn't it.

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Old 10-01-2006, 11:37 AM   #7
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Possibly, but not to the original poster. The copyright would more than likely be owned by linuxquestions.org.
False. In most countries anything created by $someone is implicitly copyrighted to $someone. Not LQ, unless of course, LQ has some small print that you agree to when signing up that "all comments are property of LQ". I am fairly certain this is _not_ the case.
 
Old 10-01-2006, 11:59 AM   #8
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... Not LQ, unless of course, LQ has some small print that you agree to when signing up that "all comments are property of LQ".
I'm not sure about US law, but if I'm not mistaken, German law states that even in this case copyright will remain with the author. It is only the exploitation right that may be conferred on someone else (and this cannot be done exclusively and across the board for all kinds of usage).
 
Old 10-01-2006, 12:50 PM   #9
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Which is why I said "possibly". I should have worded it better though.

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