How does copyright work for public videos used in Zaption?

All videos accessible in Zaption are legally streamed from online hosting providers who own and/or manage the copyright to the original media and give us permission to use it on our platform. For example, when PBS places a video on YouTube, PBS maintains the original copyright but gives YouTube permission to distribute the video on their website and to websites like Zaption that pull in videos via the YouTube API. As long as YouTube is satisfied that PBS is the true copyright owner, then they will keep it online, and we can legally use it in Zaption.

While you are in compliance with YouTube and Vimeo by using these videos, it's important to consider if the original video is infringing on anything. In which case the video could be taken down at any time. We do not condone downloading and re-hosting videos that you do not own.

A note about ads: The original video on YouTube still accumulates views through Zaption lessons, because we do not use the Auto-Play embed. Meaning the user has to click play in order to watch the video and it's verified that someone is watching the video and it's not just automatically playing. Through YouTube's embed API, pre/post-roll ads do not play, but the pop-up banner ads still show on the Zaption lessons. This is important if the owner of the video making money from advertisers to assure their video content and ads are being seen. Again, this is in compliance with YouTube, as long as you are not making money directly off of video content that you do not own. Learn more about ads in Zaption here.

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