Intellectual Property Law
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Yes, this is clearly a violation of the terms of service in downloading the content: "Content is provided to you AS IS. You may access Content for your information and personal use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the Service and as permitted under these 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. You shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors [you're the licensor] of the Content. YouTube and its licensors reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Service and the Content."
Now you can contact YouTube and complain about this, and maybe that would get them banned from YouTube, but you should absolutely contact Facebook, because this video made by you, posted without your permission or attribution, is copyright infringement.
If the website owner fails to respond to your email requesting removal of plagiarized content, it may be time for you to send a formal DMCA letter to the website and also to his advertising partner(s) (like Google Adsense) that are helping him monetize content which is actually owned by you. While web hosting firms and online advertising companies will immediately comply to your requests, they will also ask you to send them DMCA notices in a proper format with all the necessary details and proof. Let's take a fictional case - Mr John Q. Public of www.mycontent.com finds his content on another website called www.copypaste.com. Following is a Sample DMCA Notice that John can submit to the web host of copypaste.com and also to Google.
Subject: Notice of Copyright Infringement The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on www.mycontent.com/page1.html and www.mycontent.com/page2.html The URLs where our copyrighted material is located include www.copypaste.com/abc.html and DANGEROUS URL REMOVED You can reach me [email protected] The email address of the website owner, who has reprinted our content illegally, [email protected] I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. John Q Public February 11, 2010 [14:50]
If your DMCA Notification letter meets all the requirements, the web host will expeditiously delete (or ask the customer to remove) that material. While most web hosting companies will accept your DMCA notices via email, Google (for Blogger and Adsense) requires you to snail mail or fax the DMCA document with your signatures. As a workaround, you can take a picture of your signature and paste that as in image in the Word Processor. Then you fax the document to Google DMCA department via Skype, Email or online.
Here's information on how to report copyright infringement to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/400287850027717/
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