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    Youtube Downloader for Staff use - Is it legal ?

    Staff are more and more using Youtube to play videos to students.

    I have been considering blocking it for some time and it is blocked for students.

    Recently, i saw a staff member playing a clip to the students with raciest/swearing in the comments area at the bottom.

    There are plenty of YouTube downloaders out there. I was wondering, if i block youtube, and give them access to the downloader, is this legal ?

    Will I be putting myself at risk giving them the access to download from youtube etc ?


    Thanks in advance

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    I didn't think any YouTube downloader type app was allowed - whatever the situation. I stand to be corrected though. It certainly is against YT's T&C's - or they would allow you to download straight from the site without the need for a third party application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgemaster View Post
    Staff are more and more using Youtube to play videos to students.

    I have been considering blocking it for some time and it is blocked for students.

    Recently, i saw a staff member playing a clip to the students with raciest/swearing in the comments area at the bottom.

    There are plenty of YouTube downloaders out there. I was wondering, if i block youtube, and give them access to the downloader, is this legal ?

    Will I be putting myself at risk giving them the access to download from youtube etc ?


    Thanks in advance
    Your staff should really be responsible enough to not look at the comments in that case, though I suppose they may not know.

    Give them access to idesktop.tv instead, perhaps? That's the best downloader/Youtube mirror site I know of, I believe it lacks Youtube comments and will let you download the videos as MP4. Though I think you need an account to get anywhere on there.

    That site is pretty big, if Youtube objected to it, they would have had it taken down a long time ago.

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    it breaks youtubes terms and conditions, and also most likely the copyright of what they're watching to begin with.

    I'd tread very carefully.

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    Smoothwall has a filter to block the comments section of Youtube.

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    I would be opposed to the staff downloading videos from Youtube - not only are there copyright issues but they'd then fill up the server with the downloads :-)

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    I wouldn't apart from anything else do you have enough space for your staff to fill with rubbish.

    The only times we've downloaded from YouTube is when students have posted stuff on there.

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    we had an all staff email go out explaning how to download clips. we quickly replied with an extract from the T&C's

    YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

    you agree not to access User Videos (as defined below) for any reason other than your personal, non-commercial use solely as intended through and permitted by the normal functionality of the Services, and solely for Streaming. "Streaming" means a contemporaneous digital transmission of the material by YouTube via the Internet to a user operated Internet enabled device in such a manner that the data is intended for real-time viewing and not intended to be downloaded (either permanently or temporarily), copied, stored, or redistributed by the user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Smoothwall has a filter to block the comments section of Youtube.
    There's also a site which just shows you the video without any of the associated noise of the comments, related videos and so on. Can't remember the URL just now, hopefully someone else will...

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    Perfect solution thankyou !!

    "If you insert: http://quietube.com/v.php/ at the start of the YouTube web address, you will just get the video alone on the page"

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