Actually, there's a "Download MP4" button when I'm logged in as Wikimedia Hong Kong (channel owner). So if you want to transfer the videos, email me off-list and I'll add you to the admin list of the WMHK YouTube channel. Then everybody including the YouTube TOS will be happy.
On 22 January 2014 01:49, Andrew Lih <email@example.com> wrote:
Yes, that's related to copyright and permissions of the material, but what about that first sentence:You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content
Jan pointed out that youtube2mediawiki.py doesn't actually "download" the video, so I think we're fine with the provisions of licensor's permission in the sentence below.Well not exactly -- just because the downloading is modularized into a Python script doesn't mean it's not downloading. :) The exact code actually does download:#download video and save to file.u = self.opener.open(url)f = open(filename, 'w')data = Truewhile data:data = u.read(4096)f.write(data)f.close()u.close()return TrueCommons is ultra-conservative with copyright, but doesn't really care about any other terms and conditions imposed by anyone else. So I think it's fine to transfer the videos from YouTube to Commons - no copyright is violated and the ambiguity in the YouTube TOS works in our favour.Yes, I do believe there's not much to worry about in this particular situation. Just be aware that we're running afoul of the TOS, even if Google is lax on enforcement. A violation of TOS could be used to go after users in other less clear-cut cases.-Andrew
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