youtube legal question

I`ve developed a little Flex/Zinc application that allows to search Youtube Videos and display them without the Youtube Player. You can than download the videos and watch and organize them offline. The app also allows you to convert those videos to other formats (e.g. simple avi`s). It even has a little download manager that allows to control multiple downloads. This has become such a handy little app that shows well the power of flex that i would like to add it here as a download. I`m unsure if i`m allowed to do this? Does anyone knows if youtube will allows this?

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6 thoughts on “youtube legal question

  1. always read the site’s TOS to find out this stuff:
    “C. You agree not to use or launch any automated system, including without limitation, “robots,” “spiders,” “offline readers,” etc., that accesses the Website in a manner that sends more request messages to the YouTube servers in a given period of time than a human can reasonably produce in the same period by using a convention on-line web browser. Notwithstanding the foregoing, YouTube grants the operators of public search engines permission to use spiders to copy materials from the site for the sole purpose of creating publicly available searchable indices of the materials, but not caches or archives of such materials. YouTube reserves the right to revoke these exceptions either generally or in specific cases. You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Website, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Website for any commercial solicitation purposes. You agree not to solicit, for commercial purposes, any users of the Website with respect to their User Submissions.”

    In other words, no, you are not allowed to do this. Too bad :(

  2. That`s exactly my point! I would interpret that different. My App fullfills all the points. It`s not automated. It will just allow the user to save the flv and convert them to avi`s. I think they don`t mention this in their TOS. In terms of “request messages” it will be like any conventional on-line web browser. Ahhh confusing…

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