Is It Illegal To Download YouTube Videos Or Convert Music Videos To MP3

YouTube is one of the services that Google offers. YouTube has evolved from letting users put their videos on the platform to putting latest blockbuster video albums and video trailers of forthcoming movies. Due to certain restrictions on YouTube, you feel the need to download a particular song or video from the YouTube. But can you do that? Due to its huge popularity, there are several questions regarding who actually owns the ultimate copyright on YouTube.

In this article, we study the legality of downloading content from YouTube and/or converting YouTube music to mp3.

How does YouTube work?

Today, you will find tonnes of videos on YouTube right from blockbuster Rihanna songs to political debates and caturday videos. While it is completely legal to watch any free video on YouTube downloading the stuff is often in realms of legality. With the help of Content ID, YouTube tracks the copyrighted videos on its platform. The revenue from advertisements which are shown with the videos is split between YouTube and content owners. Every video posted on YouTube has a unique content ID to track its performance and infringement.

In short, the YouTube publisher does all the hard work in putting together the viral video or song and YouTube makes money everytime someone watches it.

Is it legal download YouTube videos?

Just like the music videos are protected by copyright act, YouTube videos also have the same protection. All videos uploaded on YouTube have some kind of copyright protection associated with them which is rigorously implemented by YouTube. So it is obviously illegal to download or convert YouTube videos.

But there are tonnes of Online YouTube to MP3 downloader sites?

Yes, you are right! There are thousands of online websites and tonnes of software which allow users to convert YouTube videos to MP3 or MP4 so that it can be played on a normal video player. YouTube regularly employs in the takedown of these websites but new ones keep mushrooming. Its a bit like torrent websites. The more you shut down the more new sites open. That comes with a caveat, downloading or converting videos is trouble.

What does YouTube’s Terms of Service say?

YouTube’s terms specify that you are expected to access content for personal use. For the downloading part, YouTube specifically says:

“You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.”

As you can clearly read above, the company prohibits downloading videos in most cases. You are only allowed to stream the content, which means real-time viewing of the video. In other words, you’re not allowed to use third-party services to “copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, etc.”

YouTube does let you download some videos!

There are some kinds of videos that you can download from YouTube website. When the YouTube dashboard gives a download button just below the video, you can download the video without being concerned about the copyright.You can use this option for offline viewing and the video remains available inside Downloads section as long as your phone has an internet connection every 29 days. However, these videos can’t be views in your video player.