On ripping YouTube vids and using images as you please

Maybe I should use this as my "soapbox" icon...

This started as a comment on another person’s blog. I’ve modified it to serve as a blog post on ripping YouTube videos. As this seems to crop up from time to time, I thought I’d just post my comment here and then modify as required. You’ve been warned… 😛

When you rip YouTube videos and share the how-to, you are doing more harm than good in perpetuating bad habits, a disregard for good digital citizenship and a scarcity mindset that needs to be discarded.

If you come at things with the abundance mind-set of the knowledge age, you will really enrich their learning experience – and yours.

Can’t get YouTube in your school? Bandwidth an issue? Build a rich network of friends and colleagues online. Here is how:

Find videos you want to use and contact the publisher/rights owner. Tell him or her how valuable you feel their work is. Explain that your students will get real value from it. Ask where and how you could download the video without violating terms of service. Exchange details and build an online friendship based on trust and respect.

See images you like that are Creative Commons licensed? Ensure you know how to attribute them correctly (title of work, author, license type, link back to license type and image). Leave a comment praising the work. Use the work. Thank the person.

See images you like that aren’t openly licensed for use? Ask permission. See a video outside of YouTube, a piece of music you might like to use, etc? Ask permission, leave feedback, thank people.

Right now or soon your students will be creating multimedia projects for school that they may want to use in e-portfolios or for the sheer joy of it.

If you teach them by doing all of the above, they will have the know-how to build their own networks of trusted sources and creative thinkers. Because they will have seen that you do it and value it. You will have repeated the pattern of ask, recieve, thank, connect enough to normalise it.

If we want to open up knowledge and resources, share and enjoy all that’s available on the great big web we’re all part of – then we have to respect and support the people and services that make it all possible. I feel quite passionately about it, don’t you?

We’re all learning together. We all want change for the better. There are people out there sharing and services that make it possible. By supporting and respecting them, we’re going to nurture the change we want to make happen.