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      Using YouTube videos on my website and eBay - Copyright and Legalities

      As I browse websites, I see that many have videos from YouTube on their pages. I would like to start including pictures on my website and eBay listings. What are the copyright and legalities associated with taking manufacturers’ videos off YouTube?
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      Posting a video on your website about your products and services is a great idea. I can also give you some good news: There are no legalities, copyrights, rules, etc. having to do with pulling a manufacturer’s YouTube video to use for your business.

      Beside each video listed on YouTube is a link that you can embed in your own website or eBay listing. By putting its video on YouTube, a manufacturer knows it is allowing users to access and use that video through the embedded link. Therefore, it is completely legal for you to pull these videos for your business use.
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      Does this mean that I need a lot of bandwidth on my site to host these videos?

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      Surprisingly, no. Although normally it would take quite a bit of bandwidth to support a YouTube video, you do not have to worry about providing it when embedding a video from the site. When you do this, the video is still remotely hosted by YouTube and syndicated to your web page or eBay listing.

      A great part about embedding video from YouTube is that you do not have to be a member of the site to pull video. The embedding codes are available to non-members and members alike.

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      I saw a short video on a manufacturer’s website that I would like to use on my eBay listing. However, I do not see it on YouTube. Can I still pull it off the manufacturer’s website?

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      If there is no visible, clear way that the manufacturer has shown for you to pull video off its website, then it would be breaking copyright rules to do so. You can always contact the manufacturer and ask permission to pull the video. Otherwise, you would be ripping video, an illegal action.

      Ripping videos from offline causes the owner to lose money and sometimes lose face. The person ripping the video could be using it for illegal purposes. The owner of the video is then associated with the illegal ripped video through no fault of his or her own.

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      My opinion is that you should contact the manufacturer either way. Sometimes companies don’t realize that they have allowed YouTube embedding rights to their video.

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      Many people scroll through YouTube’s policies and click the Agree button without reading the nuts and bolts of the contract. This results in many companies thinking the copyright on their video has been infringed when someone does use the embedded link. There is a simple solution to this problem: Companies can choose not to allow an embedded link for its video.

      There is also the point that the music a manufacturer uses in its videos could itself have been illegally gained without your knowledge. If you use the embedded video option, you could be held accountable for copyright infringement on the music. To prevent an unknowing manufacturer from thinking that you have stolen its video, even when you have taken it legally through YouTube, contact the manufacturer and ask.

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      If you do it correctly using YouTube, putting a video on your website can help it gain traffic.

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      It’s true that providing customers with a video of your products and services is a sure advantage to your website or eBay listing:

      â—Ź It brings in more traffic because it improves your search engine rankings, or SEO.

      â—Ź Videos convey emotion and personality.

      â—Ź It will impress potential clients by improving their overall website experience.

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