Currently, we are focused on YouTube.com downloads only as to provide the best possible integration and a simple, easy-to-use, and above all blazing fast downloading experience.
First of all, make sure you are running the latest version of YouTube Downloader. If you’re unsure, you can obtain the latest version by clicking this link.
Should your download still fail, please try disabling your firewall software if applicable, and then load the video directly in your browser. Make sure you’re able to play the video within your browser, then try the download once more.
You can have up to 30 download threads running simultaneously, although depending on the speed of your processor and the bandwidth of your Internet connection, we would recommend setting the simultaneous download to a maximum of 10.
YouTube Downloader is able to handle playlists of up to 5,000 videos, which is currently the maximum length imposed by YouTube. We invite you to try this out for yourself.
The short answer to this question is: “Yes”. However, there are some nuances as you may be in violation of the terms of service you agree to when using YouTube. Although it is technically a breach of contract, it’s not considered illegal or criminal. As far as we know, nobody has ever gotten into trouble for downloading videos from YouTube in the past, and it’s extremely unlikely to ever happen in the future.
Yet, despite the fact that you as a consumer are unlikely to face any consequences, we do not wish to encourage or condone the practice of breaching YouTube’s TOS. As such, we recommend that you only download videos to which YouTube has added a download-button, and/or to which you personally hold the copyrights.
The historical precedent for the legality of recording copies of copyrighted content for personal use was set by Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984), a.k.a the “Betamax case”. This was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States ruling that the making of individual copies of complete television shows for the purpose of time-shifting does not constitute copyright infringement.
The court stated: “When one considers the nature of a televised copyrighted audiovisual work and that time-shifting merely enables a viewer to see such a work which he had been invited to witness in its entirety free of charge, the fact that the entire work is reproduced does not have its ordinary effect of militating against a finding of fair use.”
Although there is no clear-cut way to apply the logic of this ruling from the VCR-era to today’s video downloading software, the general consensus seems to be that downloading content from YouTube and similar websites for the purpose of personal use only, f.i. watching it at another time or on a different device which may not be connected to the Internet, is not at all different from time-shifting and would in all likelihood be considered fair use.