Is downloading MP3 files from Youtube illegal?

Question Details: There are several sites on the internet where you can convert a youtube video to mp3 format and then download it to play on your computer or put on an MP3 player. Is this legal because it is not peer to peer file sharing?

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It will depend on the particular file you're downloading from YouTube. YouTube has Terms of Service which says you can only download files if it has a download link on the file. YouTube may ban your IP address or your username if you keep downloading files that you are not allowed to download. For more information, see here: www.netsafe.org.nz.

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