On occasion, it may be permissible to download videos from the internet for use under the "fair use" doctrine. There are several tools available to capture and download videos from the internet. However, none is easier to use then www.ClipNabber.com. ClipNabber makes it easy to download videos from the internet in three simple steps.
- Step 1 - Go to the video source. Copy the URL for the video source. Note: For YouTube.com files, videos designated as "private" or "embed disabled" cannot be copied or downloaded using ClipNabber.com. Also, if the video is embedded, go to the hosting source to obtain the URL.
- Step 2 - Open www.ClipNabber.com in your web brower. Paste the URL for the video in the input box. Click on the box "Nab Clip.'
- Step 3 - ClipNabber then downloads of the video. You will see a "loading" message while the ClipNabber is processing the video. Save the processed video file either as an MP4 file or Flv file.
Currently, ClipNabber supports the downloading of internet videos from over 100 video hosting websites. In addition to YouTube.com, here is a list of video hosting sites supported by ClipNabber:
Before downloading videos from the internet, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities regarding the downloading and/or use of the internet videos. First, review the copyright information and/or creative commons license for the video. Second, review the terms of service of the site to determine whether downloading or video capture is expressly prohibited. Third, if permission or a license to use is not expressly granted, the limited use of the video may still be permitted under the "fair use" doctrine. Before downloading and using internet videos, I strongly suggest that you consult with an attorney to discuss the complicated contours of the fair use doctrine to avoid a claim of copyright infringement by the owner of the video. As a starting point, you may want to visit American University's Center for Social Media and review the Code of Best Practices of Use of Internet Video.
Interested in learning more about how PREA Signature Realty uses internet video for sales training instruction and for marketing and selling homes? Contact Ryan Shaughnessy at PREA Signature Realty at 314-971-4381 or send an e-mail to Ryan@PREASignatureRealty.com.