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What are the laws on downloading music from YouTube?

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YouTube is owned by Google, and according to Google's terms of service in section 5.1, a user is only allowed to view YouTube content on the site. Google does not allow users to download content because the company makes money from advertisers for each page "hit."

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The more visitors who hit the site, the more money Google can charge advertisers. When a user downloads music and no longer visits YouTube to access the content, Google no longer makes money. In addition to violating Google's terms of service, downloading music from YouTube may result in problems with copyright and piracy protection.

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