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How Can I Download YouTube Videos?

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Mohammed writes:

 How I can download a song or speech from YouTube while it is running on.

 If you wish to download videos posted by someone else, you’ve got a problem. Legally you can’t download a song or speech or any video from YouTube that you didn’t post yourself. You may be able to contact the person or company that uploaded it and ask for a copy, but otherwise if you want to watch or share something from YouTube, bookmark it or save it in a playlist. Yes, there are ways of illegally downloading videos, but I’m not going to get into them.

It’s illegal and it’s a form of stealing. Also, if I were to share these techniques with you, Google would be all over me with a cease and desist warning. The one exception is videos that you’ve uploaded yourself.

In that case, log into your YouTube account and select the drop-down menu beside the little blue square to the right.


Under YouTube, choose Video Manager.

Choose the video you wish to download.

Select the drop-down arrow next to Edit and choose Download MP4.

You can only download a video five times a day and you can’t download anymore than two videos in an hour. You won’t see the download option if you’ve gone over these limits.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “How Can I Download YouTube Videos?”

  1. Mark says:

    So are you saying the YTD (YouTube Downloader) program I’ve been using is illegal? I thought it was a legal program that was created by and belonged to YouTube.

  2. Libby R says:

    It was a different Newsletter writer, but this is where I learned how to download content from YouTube to save to my computer!!

  3. MarkJ says:

    For the other Mark. YouTube’s term of service paragraph 4 section C says.

    C. You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.

    Even though you originally access the content through their webpage in order for YouTube Downloader to grab it, I suspect YouTube and Google intend for this paragraph to mean you can’t do that, I suspect. Since what YTD probably does is make a copy of the content that was already downloaded and simply put it somewhere in a form you can view with other viewers I am not sure that legally they can enforce section C. Otherwise I would expect they would have sent cease and desist orders to YTD and the other programs available that allow you to capture the video. I am also not sure that the lack of copyright on each video would let them enforce anything anyway.

    That being said: use YTD and any other such products at your own risk.

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