Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017     Views: 59

The YouTube licence states clearly that you may link to (or embed, using the embed code if it’s available on the video’s YouTube page) videos up on YouTube. However, the issue here is whether the person who put the video up actually had the right to agree to the YouTube licence (did they make the video? If not, did they get permission from the rights holder or just use it illegally?). The most likely result of a rights holder discovering some infringing content on YouTube would be to get it taken down from YouTube so the risk here is of the content suddenly disappearing, although they could take it further if they wished. 

Best practice

Manchester Metropolitan's ERA Licence allows you to use recorded broadcast media in a teaching and learning environment, including providing remote access to students and staff online (eg via Moodle).

Other sources of broadcast material include the Box of Broadcasts service (BoB) and various on demand services including BBC iPlayer and 4oD. These should only be used for educational rather than illustrative or entertainment purposes, and they must not be recorded for future use.

YouTube is a valuable and popular source of videos but you should use it with care: many video are uploaded illegally without the rights holder’s permission. Best practice is to only use videos from official channels such as the BBC or Channel 4 using the YouTube player embed code provided.