[cc-community] YouTube and Creative Commons

Flavio Tordini flavio.tordini at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 08:11:42 EDT 2013

Hi all,

YouTube offers some videos under the CC-BY license, still it provides
no download link for most of them. Moreover YouTube terms of service
seems to prohibit downloading with tools like youtube-dl of videos
that do not display a download link.

Form the YouTube Terms of Service: "You shall not download any Content
unless you see a "download" or similar link displayed by YouTube on
the Service for that Content."

I had a quick look at CC-BY and it looks it has no provisions to
ensure one has actual access to the "work". By contrast the GPL has
it, e.g. you cannot publish an executable under the GPL and put the
sources on a website that prohibits downloading in its terms of

I'd like to ask whether this is by design or is this a loophole in the
CC-BY? YouTube is probably respecting the letter of the license, but
is this in the "spirit" of CC-BY? Is this something that might be
addressed in a future license version?

Thanks in advance,
Flavio Tordini

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