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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post
    No. You can embed whatever the hell you want - provided your host doesn't have a clause like 'it would violate our Terms of Service to display hateful, racist, etc. material' - provided those videos are that type of material. Anyway! Since the videos are not on your server and are not hosted by you, since you are only embedding them, you are not responsible for the content and you aren't doing anything illegal.

    That guy just wants to show off his fancy ability to use Google, then copy and paste random data he found, but probably doesn't fully comprehend. He could be right, but over the years I have read information from a number of valid, trustworthy sources that simply linking to or embedding something does not put you at risk. In fact, on my discussion/debate forum I was approached by someone requesting that I take down a video - when I informed them that it was hosted with YouTube and directed them to contact YouTube, I never heard anything about it again.

    Perhaps you could seal this with a clause such as:
    "We are not responsible for the content of any media embedded on this site. All issues should be addressed with the network responsible for the hosting of the aforementioned media. All media is displayed for educational purposes only. We are not affiliated with the copyright owner(s) of the media, nor do we claim to own such media."

    It's a tad repetitive, but it should just make it clear to anyone that cares that you do not host the stuff.
    I'm the guy who wrote that post he's linking to. I assure you I fully understand what it was I was speaking about, and I even provided relevant case law examples to back me up. I'm happy to "debate" this, but really there is no debate anymore: the answer is pretty definitive.

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    Perhaps you should read all the info about: YouTube sued for copyright infringements
    YouTube sue for copyright infringements - Google Videos

    Like I said, I will ask a lawyer before doing anything like that.
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    It seems to me that this is legally no different than running a Torrent tracker -- which earned the four boys from Pirate Bay a year in jail and $3.6M in fines.

    They weren't "hosting" copyrighted content either, they were just helping to make is accessible to people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jehnidiah
    I'm the guy who wrote that post he's linking to. I assure you I fully understand what it was I was speaking about, and I even provided relevant case law examples to back me up. I'm happy to "debate" this, but really there is no debate anymore: the answer is pretty definitive.
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