Q: Fair use to generate transcripts of others' YouTube videos for purposes of research?
I am a doctoral candidate conducting research on social media, specifically the YouTube platform. Is it fair use for me to prepare transcripts of publicly accessible YouTube videos that I am not the creator of for the purposes of research? The transcripts will not be re-sold, but strictly used for my research. My research findings may be published in peer-reviewed academic journals and books.
Due to the volume of videos of interest, I am considering paid transcription services such as Rev or Scribbie. Both have limited liability clauses in their terms of service protecting them from any sort of copyright infringement, of course.
But is it fair use for me to pay for transcription services that will transcribe publicly accessible YouTube videos for the purposes of research?
A: This appears to be a classic Fair Use and if you aren't using it for commercial purposes, the factors of Fair Use should lean toward allowing your use. My initial two cents is that you are fine.
I'd probably want to give credit to Youtube and the content creators in your research.
Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.