There are hundreds of websites you can use to download YouTube videos as MP3 files. The following are a list of a few YouTube to MP3 conversion websites.
Is it safe?
If you’re asking if it’s legal then yes, it is. However you have to make sure that it is public domain or not-copyrighted, or it’s your own YouTube video. If you’re referring to viruses, then yes it is still safe. Viruses cannot attack your computer from YouTube to MP3 conversions. Even after downloading and saving the new MP3 file it will still not harm your computer.
If a virus were to infect a video or MP3 file then it would simply not work on your computer or just partially play – it wouldn’t attack your computer.
What does public domain mean?
Public domain videos are able to be legally downloaded into MP3 files. Public domain means that it is available to the whole public and is not subject to copyright laws. If the copyright is expired it can also be considered public domain.
What if I wanted to download a copyrighted YouTube to MP3 file?
In order to legally download a copyrighted file (for example taking music from an official music video) you would need to obtain permission from the original uploader. You may link to their page or website, but you cannot copy them music/video and claim is as your own.
If you download/convert YouTube videos that are copyrighted, that you do not pay for, can violate the copyright laws and you could actually face prosecution.
What happens if I break copyright laws?
If you are found guilty of breaking copyright laws (or also called copyright infringement) than you could have to pay damages. This could also be added in with legal fees. These can also be added to statutory damages that are set by the court for anywhere from $200 to $150,000. For penalties higher than $30,000, they are only awarded for “willful” infringement.
What is willful infringement?
Willful infringement is when you copy something with a copyright and knew that it was patented. This results in patent infringement. When you know that it’s in violation of the copyright law and continue to download/copy it then it is considered willful infringement.
YouTube Terms of Service
While it is legal to convert YouTube to MP3’s, YouTube does not like it. They refer to this as “stream-ripping”. They do not want people taking the material from YouTube to keep for yourself. YouTube has actually paired with Google to try and shut down many websites who offer YouTube to MP3 conversion websites.
It may seem scary to have rules and regulations, it can be easy to get away with as long as you don’t get caught. If you find music from a copyrighted video that you want, simply find another YouTube video that has the same music with no copyright.