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dangling by a thread [Nov. 28th, 2008|10:40 pm]
Weird Law Stuff


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Pirating movies is illegal. Uploading movies to the internet is illegal.

This much I know.

If someone uploads a video to a website that allows for embedding, like any youtube video you might see on your friendslist, and you embed it...is that illegal?

[User Picture]From: wikle
2008-11-29 02:03 pm (UTC)
Short answer: yes its illegal.

Copyright includes several different rights, one of which is the right to distribution. The copyright owner has this right but you who have licensed a single copy of that movie do not.

There is an argument (fairly convincing) that youtube itself is protected because under the DMCA they are considered an "internet service provider" and thus do not need to actively regulate what gets uploaded to their service. This however does nothing to protect the person who uploaded originally. Though so far I haven't heard of the individual user being sued for uploading stuff to youtube.

Edited at 2008-11-29 02:04 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: evilgrins
2008-11-29 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hold up. What happened between your original comment where you said it wasn't illegal and this edit?
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2008-11-29 08:30 pm (UTC)
There was probably a 45 second window when the short answer read differently then what it reads now, the explanation below it was always the same. Basically I read the last sentence wrong so did not make the short answer read as it should.

As for the whole legal advice thing. I doubt this can really be considered legal advice. To draw an analogy between copyright and criminal law, the answer to this question is the equivalent of asking a criminal lawyer if its legal to shoot a random stranger in the head. But just incase someone wants to get antsy: Disclaimer: this is not legal advice. Go find your own darn lawyer for that.
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[User Picture]From: fallen_scholar
2008-11-29 07:08 pm (UTC)
This seems to stray close to the "no legal advice" of the community protocols (even if you're not looking for actual advice) and isn't quite what we generally use the community for.

To address the question, make an internet-less analogy and the answer should be fairly clear.
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