How to embed a YouTube video into Smart Notebook

Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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  1. YouTube’s TOS states you will not use any 3rd party tools to extract vids from their site. Teachers should NOT be using any site/tool to extract the videos from YouTube, even if the rationale is because their school blocks access to YouTube. What are you teaching students as a result?

  2. Where does Fair Use for educational purposes come into play here? Aren’t the youtube TOS rules there to make sure videos aren’t being downloaded from youtube and then uploaded to other video sites?

  3. It’s a fair point from Brian, and we should of course be modelling best practice with regards to intellectual property to our pupils.

    Being chief in charge of the filter, our staff and students can use Youtube within school. It causes some problems, pupils do abuse the privilege at times but we are working on this. The benefits outweigh the disadvantages massively in my opinion.

  4. Point made, and taken. However, why do Youtube paste an embed code and a URL to a video? To what end or purpose? I’d understand the issue re extracting videos if the video itself had copyright restrictions. But then it shouldn’t be there at all.

    Many bloggers use voxpod to embed Youtube videos. It cuts out the dross of comments attached to something which might be useful for education. It also clearly lists the video as a Youtube video – so no ‘stealing of thunder’ there.

    Fair use for education I say – despite the TOS?

  5. Personally – I would like all schools to be able to use YouTube. And be taught to use it responsibly.

    But I would argue too about fair use.

    Most of the DVD’s shown in school technically should not be shown to an audience – the warning at the start says so – but many teachers will show sections of DVD shows/movies in a classroom setting.

    In addition – most of the clips on YouTube are in breach of original copyright anyway, so actually we should not show any of them, ever. But I bet people do.

    None of this makes it right – but it is all food for thought.

  6. People here have commented about my original comment above. When you use the link or the embed code found next to the yT video, you are not physically obtaining the video to put somewhere else. using the link/embed code means that the video must still live on YT for you to be able to see it. That’s the purpose of all the embed codes you see on thosands of media sharing web sites. You can use the content and those are the 2 approved methods. Vodpod is fine as are thousands of other instances where the embed code is used.

    US Fair Use regulations state that you have legally obtained the media. YT’s TOS state that by using the site, you agree to not use third party tools to extract, alter, circumvent, etc. the technology they have in place to keep videos on their site. This is not about certian vids on YT that may be copyrighted, it is about ALL videos on YT remaining on YT in accordance with their terms. This is primarly bec the service is free for all of us to use and YT make profits from the ads and click thrus on the site. If you take the video out, they can’t get revenue. The YT TOS doesn’t care where you plan to take the extracted videos; it simply states don’t take them out unless the YT user has provided a download link.

    As educators, you must learn to understand this and explain it to students. This is not an anything goes approach and fair use does not cover teachers/stud in every instance o fobtaining media. This is one of them and the directions listed in this post should not be provided to educators. Instead, ask the YT user for a copy of the video if you must use it in class, outside of YT.

  7. Thank you for your article

  8. should not be provided to educators. Instead, ask the YT user for a copy of the video if you must use it in class, outside of YT.

  9. Just as an update, here is the actual U.S. code an Fair Use verbiage:
    107 of title 17, United States Code as amended in 1990 and 1992.
    § 107 · Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
    Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106a,
    the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by
    reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other
    means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism,
    comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple
    copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an
    infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use
    Reproduction of Copyrighted Works · 4
    made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors
    to be considered shall include —
    (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether
    such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit
    educational purposes;
    (2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
    (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in
    relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or
    value of the copyrighted work.
    The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a
    finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration
    of all the above factors.

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