As I’m about to upload a video to YouTube, I decided to read their Terms of Service. I fould this paragraph, and I believe it is the most important item to read as far as how it affects your rights when you submit a video.
Basically, the YouTube Terms of Service are telling you that when you submit a video to their site, you are allowing YouTube to maintain a copy on their server forever. If you remove your video from the YouTube site, they still have the right to keep the video. What exactly they can do with it for their own purposes remains a bit unclear due to the legalistic jargon. So, here it is for your reading pleasure…
C. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions.
However, by submitting User Submissions to YouTube, you hereby grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the YouTube Website and YouTube’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the YouTube Website (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.
You also hereby grant each user of the YouTube Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Website and under these Terms of Service.
The above licenses granted by you in User Videos terminate within a commercially reasonable time after you remove or delete your User Videos from the YouTube Service. You understand and agree, however, that YouTube may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted.
The above licenses granted by you in User Comments are perpetual and irrevocable.
[tags]You Tube, Terms of Service, Video Upload [/tags]