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Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

  • 1.  Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

    Posted 12 days ago
    Does anyone know if there is a general fair use principle that would apply to using an internet video as part of a conference presentation (whether it be from youtube or hosted on another public site)? We had someone approach us to ask. I generally considered it all fair use as it's part of a larger presentation, but was hoping to get a bit more insight and maybe find some resources I could direct people to in the future.


    Fran Harrington
    Media and Technology Manager
    International OCD Foundation
    Jamaica Plain, MA
    Tech Accelerate

  • 2.  RE: Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

    Posted 11 days ago

    I don't know for sure, but my quick guess would be that likely this is ok assuming that:

    • The video is already publicly available
    • You provide proper attribution


    But, I'm not an expert. :)





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  • 3.  RE: Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Edited by Lisa Dove 11 days ago
    In the United States, the short answer is: You must have permission from the content owner unless your use of the content meets all four requirements of fair use. Youtube provides a page which discusses Fair Use and the Myths of Fair Use.

    Lots of people use the content regardless of law because there is very little chance of being caught or because they are under the misconception that everything posted on Youtube and Google Images are free to use however anyone wants.  Morningstar Law Group offers this blog post on the subject:

    Lisa D
    Director of Communications and Outreach

    Tech Accelerate

  • 4.  RE: Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

    Posted 11 days ago
    If something is published on YouTube or other public platform, it's published for public consumption. As long as you are not charging people to watch it specifically you are fine. 

    YouTube creators can make videos private, disable embedded and otherwise control where videos are seen. If they are setting their video to public and enabling embedding then this is permission to use the video. 

    Re-editing videos or taking videos from behind pay-walls is where you are using content in a way that was not authorized. 

    Michael Hoffman

    Tech Accelerate

  • 5.  RE: Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Edited by Ellery July 11 days ago
    @Michael Hoffman and @Lisa Dove are almost correct. Here are few items to review  and  are great places to start.

    BTW, being free on YouTube does not mean it is for public sharing.

    Generally speaking, unless you have permission, you should NOT use it, if you are using it beyond yourself  There is no legal separation because you are a non-profit. ​​​

    Ellery July
    Saint Paul, MN

    Tech Accelerate

  • 6.  RE: Use of internet videos as part of presentations?

    Posted 11 days ago
    Embedding a YouTube video stays under the YouTube license and is not related to Fair Use. 

    Tech Accelerate