legal issues for using YouTube videos

Are there any copywrite laws when using a YouTube video in company owned training?   If we are not trying to "sell" the course, but is used internally, you can link to youtube legally, correct? 

And, what if we want only a portion of the video, and we record it and have it on our own server.   is that legal to use? 

thanks!!  Janet

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Janet Nesseth

shoot.  We thought about just putting in a link to the video, but including instructions for how much to watch.   But your average person is going to watch more/less.   Which isn't that big of a deal - it doesn't hurt anything.   Just takes more time for employees to finish the training.   

Joseph Francis

Lots of YouTube videos are ones you can use on your website or blog. In 2011, YouTube started letting people post their videos with Creative Commons licenses. YouTube currently has just two primary copyright types:

  • Conventional copyright, in which the creator has full rights. The standard YouTube license is restrictive. You must get permission from the creator to post it or use it in any way.
  • Creative Commons CC BY copyright provides a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work with attribution (giving them due credit). These videos are available for posting on your website or blog, even if it's a commercial one. CC BY is the most permissive CC license.

The easiest way to find Creative Commons–licensed YouTube videos is through the Creative Commons Search Tool. Licensing information on YouTube videos can be very hard to find, so we are assuming that videos you find from the Creative Commons Search Tool are in fact OK to repost.

Bottom Line: Get an actual lawyer's opinion, either your own corporate counsel or pay for it outside. An infringement suit is not something you want to have to contend with.