YouTube does not allow content to be uploaded by anyone other than the
copyright holder, and frequently removes uploaded videos that infringe on
copyrights. Generally, YouTube only discovers these videos when they are
reported by the YouTube community, or when the copyright holder reports them.
The primary way in which YouTube identifies the content of a video, as they
themselves are unwilling or unable to screen every clip uploaded, is through the
search terms that uploaders associate with clips. In this way, likely illegal
clips can be located.
Some users have taken to creating code words as search terms to be entered
when uploading specific type of files. For instance the Internet Wrestling
Community uses the term "cheese souffle" as a search term to indicate an
upload of a WWE video. By doing this they hope to circumvent YouTube
locating illegal files and removing them. While YouTube has cut down on the
WWE-trademarked clips, more continue to be uploaded each day.
The file format used by YouTube is Flash Video, or *.flv, and can be
viewed on its own by using one of many FLV viewing programs available. The FLV
video file can be downloaded in a number of ways. Some pull the .DAT file from
their TEMP folder and convert it to a different format of video using video
converting programs. Others use client-based solutions like bookmarklets
and Greasemonkey scripts to download the video files or resort to
server-based services such as Javimoya or Keepvid. Once the file
is downloaded, it can easily be converted into an MPEG or AVI
using a conversion program, such as Riva FLV encoder.
Commitment To Data Security
YouTube uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical
safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information.
We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you
transmit to YouTube and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your
transmission of information, YouTube makes commercially reasonable efforts to
ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a
guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or
destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.
If YouTube learns of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify
you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. YouTube
may post a notice on the YouTube Sites if a security breach occurs. Depending on
where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security
breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach (or to
withdraw your consent from receiving electronic notice) you should notify us
using this contact form.
Commitment To Childrens' Privacy
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. For that
reason, YouTube does not knowingly collect or maintain personally identifiable
information or non-personally-identifiable information on the YouTube Sites from
persons under 13 years of age, and no part of our website is directed to persons
under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use or access the
YouTube Sites at any time or in any manner. If YouTube learns that personally
identifiable information of persons under 13 years of age has been collected on
the YouTube Sites without verified parental consent, then YouTube will take the
appropriate steps to delete this information.
Special Note to International Users
The YouTube Sites are hosted in the United States and are intended for and
directed to Users in the United States. If you are a User accessing the YouTube
Sites from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or
regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ
from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of
the YouTube Sites, which are governed by U.S. law, this Privacy Notice, and our
States and you consent to that transfer.
In the Event of Merger, Sale, or Bankruptcy
In the event that YouTube is acquired by or merged with a third party entity,
we reserve the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the
information we have collected from our Users as part of such merger,
acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of our
bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the
benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles
affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your
personal information is treated, transferred, or used.