Answered By: Sarah Mailloux Last Updated: Jul 30, 2015 Views: 18
Generally speaking, yes. Most YouTube videos have a persistent URL or embeded code that allows you to share YouTube content in blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, and via course management systems like Moodle or Blackboard.
For example, I used the embed code to attach the "YouTube Copyright Basics" video to this answer.
The YouTube TOS states the following:
"You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service."
Users who select this option when uploading a video have granted viewers the right "through the functionality" (i.e. linking or embed code) to share the video.
What you CANNOT do is copy the video with a software program and then upload the copy to Moodle. Making a copy of the video without permission violates the video creator's copyrights.
Sometimes there is a lag between a copyright infringement and when YouTube removes the content. Using suspected content in Moodle is a judgement call. Also, YouTube does have a mechanism for reporting suspected abuse.