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YouTube’s Crowdsourced Fan Captions & Subtitles

3 Responses to YouTube’s Crowdsourced Fan Captions & Subtitles

  1. NP says:

    Great article – thanks for the info.

  2. martina says:

    The problem is in the case there is no C/C symbol in the video.
    What one should do in this case?

    After reading a lot of material on line, I still do not find any solution. Is it fair use/ legal or not to download a video I like, subtitle it and upload it again with subtitles?
    It would be just for making people understand it, not for making profit.

    But its owner hasn’t – theorically – given its permission, as there is no C/C. So? Do I have to as for permission every time, even if it is just a service to the community?
    Can someone give me an advice?

    Thank you very much!

    • Emily Griffin says:

      Excellent question. Downloading and re-uploading someone else’s video without their permission would definitely be a violation of their copyright. If you need to use a video for fair use reasons, such as for education or journalism, you can use a captions plugin to display captions legally on the video. Basically you send a link of the original video for transcription, embed the original YouTube video on your website, and activate a captions plugin to display captions over the video embed.

      Here’s where you can find info about our captions plugin: http://www.3playmedia.com/services-features/plugins/captions-plugin/

      Also, you could reach out to the channel owner to ask if they can activate community subtitling. It never hurts to ask!

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