Forum Question: Copy Youtube Videos to my Mac (legally)

Is there a program available (or way) to copy Youtube videos to my Mac legally? Is there a legitimate program that I can buy?
Mike K

Comments: 5 Responses to “Copy Youtube Videos to my Mac (legally)”

    8/25/11 @ 7:23 pm

    Well, software can’t make something illegal, like copyright infringement, become legal.
    Why not just watch the videos on YouTube? What is the purpose of making a local copy? Just to have when watching offline? If that is the case then consider the video itself. For instance, MacMost videos are available in a podcast format so you can do exactly that. But other video creators may not want to distribute their videos in that way. So we have to respect their rights, and the law.

    8/25/11 @ 9:58 pm

    If you just download Real Player and it contaion Real Player downloader. Then when ever you play Youtube, it will download all videos you play on Youtube . You can also convert video format to various uses. It’s so easy. Please try it.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    8/27/11 @ 1:19 pm

    Yes i do the the same as Huk. I have the Realplayer package,and it does exactly as he says. I can play one of your video tutorials,and RealPlayerDownloader automatically downloads it. I write down the information on the the topic, like the one you did about Preview on how to use the tools. If its a bit unclear i keep playing the video till i get it. Hope i am not doing anything wrong Gary?

      8/27/11 @ 1:21 pm

      The proper way to do it would be to watch it on the web site, or to subscribe to the podcast. I don’t mind it so much, but I would never do that with YouTube videos unless the creator of the video says it is OK. Otherwise it is like going to the bookstore, taking a book, making copies of each page and then taking the copy home.

        Michael Wheless
        8/30/11 @ 3:45 am

        Gary, Thanks for reminding us of the need to respect copyrights. It always amazes me that the general public will applaud the efforts to end the slaughter of endangered species or stop industries which produce fake medicines and then go online and try to rip off the work of others.

        Your podcasts and this website are examples of an industrious effort to produce a product to serve clients and hope to make a living at it if possible. I enjoy the viewing of youtube material as much as anyone. But, if the producer wants to limit distribution, then why not let them.

        Around ten years ago I recall a few websites that would sponsor video clips of cartoons or actual short feature films (the names slip my mind for now). They were often quite good and it was worth the wait to sit thru some ads to view them. Where I live, I have to watch movies with subtitles and advertising interruptions, on my satellite cable service.

        I applaud your effort to remind people that certain software doesn’t make an illegal copy “legal”.

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