How can I save a Youtube video so if it is changed from the original sources, it remains the same in my module?
Hello there, Teresa Mabary...
I am, by no means, an expert in questions like this, but I'll give this question a shot. While I completely understand why you'd want to have an "original" copy of a video, my gut tells me that downloading YouTube videos is not ok. I am basing this response on the following link:
Some articles on the web say this is a gray area while other website paint a more black and white response about this. There are certainly websites out there that allow you to download copies of videos, but the question for me comes back to ethics and legality.
My other thought is...you would know if the YouTube video had changed because, to my knowledge, uploading a new version of a video to YouTube creates a new URL that you'd have to direct your students to. This is different than a video service website like Vimeo...where if content in the video changes, you can re-upload the new video and keep the same URL.
Again, these are just my gut thoughts on the subject, and I would welcome any other Community members who know more about this topic than I do to provide their thoughts on the matter.
I hope this helps, Teresa.
I 100% agree with Chris Hofer on this, Teresa Mabary. While I firmly believe the phrase "copyright expert" is an oxymoron given the incredible complexity of the laws, it is not a good idea to download a YouTube video even for educational purposes. In addition to what Chris found, you may want to check out YouTube's own page on this: Copyright | Fair use - YouTube .
The bottom line is that if you are worried about the video getting removed altogether, then there was probably a good reason for it getting removed: either the content creator chose to remove it themselves, or YouTube received a take-down notice, which means that it was a copyright violation. You didn't mention if this was an online class or face-to-face, but the University of Texas has a great copyright overview and has a section on the TEACH Act, which deals specifically with audiovisual material in certain situations: TEACH Act - Copyright Crash Course - LibGuides at University of Texas at Austin
I usually tell my faculty if it doesn't pass your personal "sniff" test regarding the possibility of violating copyright, it is best not to use it.
But linking to it--since it's already on YouTube--is generally the best thing to do. (And even then, there's a whole body of copyright legalities with even linking to something which I'm not going to bother even trying to cover!)
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