YouTube testing video downloads
YouTube said it is dabbling with letting people download videos to computers as an alternative to watching clips streamed over the Internet.
Video owners would be able to offer downloads for free or for small fees paid through a Google Checkout service, according to YouTube product manager Thai Tran.
“Many video creators on YouTube want their work to be seen far and wide,” Tran wrote in a YouTube blog post.
“They don’t mind sharing their work, provided that they get the proper credit.”
YouTube has been seeking ways to make money off videos shared at the popular website and address complaints from film and television studios worried that pirated material is swapped there.
“We’ve started working with a few partners who want their videos shared universally and even enjoyed away from an Internet connection,” Tran wrote.
Video copyright owners would be able to provide Creative Commons permits that license YouTube members to reuse content within specified limits.