VidMate is one of the most popular apps for video downloading. There are around 500 million users and the numbers grow every day. This application allows you to download to your device videos from multiple platforms, including Dailymotion, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram and Soundcloud.
Nonetheless, you might be asking yourself, is this legal? Today we are going to discuss this question and see whether we can find an answer for it.
YouTube is one of the most protective platforms when it comes to copyright. The reason why you can watch videos there for free is because you also watch ads that generate money. However, if you download the videos offline, you won’t be able to see the ads. Additionally, content creators can make a living out of their videos.
That is the reason why YouTube’s terms of service mention that you are not allowed to download videos. According to YouTube, “you should not download any content unless you see a ‘download’ or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that content.”
DailyMotion also states that it is illegal to download videos from the platform: ““Dailymotion content may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited…”.
Ultimately, the decision is yours
In the end, it is up to you whether you will download a video or not. Apps like VidMate continue to exist. Most users argue that they are only downloading videos in order to watch them without wasting their data.
There are no real legal consequences for downloading videos, however if you do it you should make sure that it is for personal use only. Don’t distribute copies and don’t sell the videos that you have downloaded. Additionally, if you can, support the content creators as well.
Alvin Mathews was born and raised in Tampa. Alvin has worked as a freelance journalist for half a decade and written for Tribune Media, the AP and MSNBC. As a journalist for Miami Morning Star, Alvin mostly covers community events and human interest stories.