difference between 'downloading' and 'streaming' youtube videos

One can replay videos after watching once without closing in youtube because it actually ‘downloads’ while ‘streaming’ (which dailymotion is not!). So, can they differentiate users (not logged in and not using multi-segments while downloading, my friends have checked, it takes nearly same time to stream and to download!) downloading and users watching without downloading? Will they sue like P2P? Note: Though youtube is harsh towards the uploaders, I haven’t seen anyone charged/sued for downloading a video. It has even taken actions against the downloaders (e.g. tech crunch download app)

Example: if you start downloading from the video exactly ‘streams’ (actually ‘downloads’ to cache) like vxx.lscache2.c.youtube.com

Note: I am NOT downloading and this is just a thought. That’s all! Since I’m having enough patience to stream every time and also using a broadband connection (more than 10 mbps a.k.a. more than 1280 kBps!) I can watch directly without downloading.

Quote from Chris Soghoian (cnet’s security, privacy, technology policy and cyber-law blogger):

“YouTube has no way of knowing if someone is streaming or downloading a video - as it’s simply a case of transferring bits over a wire. If the RIAA or MPAA ever subpoenaed YouTube’s logs, they wouldn’t be able to differentiate these users either.”

link: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13739_3-9936833-46.html

Thank you! :smiley:

Hmm I think when it comes to legal stuff that you should seek out a “lawyer forum” or a lawyer… I personally believe (but I might be wrong) thats its a long shot that you would get sued for downloading some clips… But according to Murphy’s law, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”… So most likely you will end up in jail if you download anything… ;D :-TU



Does downloading a webpage count? :stuck_out_tongue: