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Screen Capture Another Site - Legal?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by DeskCoder, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. DeskCoder

    DeskCoder Regular Member

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    Say I am creating a video for YouTube that reviews a product ... like some shoes. In the video I would like to go to Amazon and Nike and show their site and the reviews for the product.

    Is this legal? I got into some trouble a while back when I print-screened someone else's site and put it on mine. They sent me some cease and desist papers and made me take down the content immediately. So will I get into trouble if I navigate to these sites in my video and show me interacting with them?

    BTW, if this is legal, it's a pretty sweet tip for all you out there needing video ideas.
     
  2. Adam Rock

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    Yes, in the copyright law there's a section regarding fair use (google it) that specify it's OK to show content for educational reasons such as reviews (without that reviews for products would all positive or else the company would sue the article writer).

    That DMCA take down notice you received before, you should have appealed it under fair use. you would have won that in the event they brought you to court.
     
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  3. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    As Adam said it falls under fair use, I did a write up of it here before with some samples that might be worth checking out for ya:

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/business-tax-advice/369155-law-you-part-1-a.html
     
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  4. DeskCoder

    DeskCoder Regular Member

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    Thanks for the answers ... I think I understand now. So if I am showing someone in a video how to checkout on Amazon, does that fall under "Educational" too?
     
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    Whether they venture to complain or give you a C&D probably depends on your call to action and if they find it objectionable.
     
  6. NatashaNixon

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    You shouldn't have any legal problems.
     
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    Never you mind.
    Id say if you were to screenshot Amazon but were explaining something or giving a tutorial along the way its perfectly fine. Like if you were to say "You'll need this software and can purchase it here , etc etc " or something along those lines. You will be fine. But use the good advice Adam Rock and others have given you. Knowledge is power.