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I uploaded some of my home movies to YouTube for family members to watch but there were a few songs in there which YouTube said were copyrighted. The only music in there was the theme song from the old Mission Impossible but there's not arguing with Google. So they muted the whole video. Fine, thems the rules.

Are there any other options for hosting a video like that for private viewing (even though I had the Youtube video set to "private") and thus allow copyright music to be in the video?

(I assume that putting copyright music into a home movie, not for distribution beyond my immediate family falls under Fair Use and that the issue is that YouTube is under a lot of pressure to avoid copyright issues... but I'm hot trying to broadcast this to 100's of people. Maybe 10 or so. But just trying to avoid burning DVDs for them.

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How are you going to guarantee that it is for home use/family use only? If it is on the Internet the usual understanding is that it is effectively public, so copyright holders will still be able to issue takedown notices - which is what worries hosting companies. –  Dr Mayhem Dec 17 '13 at 23:16
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about audio/video production, but about ways to get around copyright rules. –  Dr Mayhem Dec 17 '13 at 23:17
I'm not sure the question is about circumventing the copyright rules. If the rules are there to disallow public distribution of copyrighted material, then, as the title says, the OP is just looking for options to avoid stepping outside the rules... not circumvent them. A fine distinction perhaps, but a real one I think. –  JoshP Dec 18 '13 at 13:14
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You can use a file storage service like:

  • DropBox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft SkyDrive
  • Apple iCloud

You can restrict access of your files there to a handful of persons.

For example on Google Drive, when you share a file with some people, it asks you for their email addresses. It then sends an email to all those people with a "secret" link. In theory, this link is still public. But in practice, it is next to impossible to guess the value of those links.

Personally, I use Google Drive. It offers an initial 15 Gb of space.

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That wouldn't allow streaming, right? –  Clay Nichols Jan 4 at 22:51
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You could host the videos yourself.

I use a piece of software called Plex. Basically, you set up a media server at home, which you can then share with people by sending them an invite.

In effect, you're giving people passworded access to your media server. You can even choose which videos are shared with which people by creating categories, and then giving access to only certain categories.

The videos are never really public.

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This is really the same question as any private distribution and is dependent on the hosting provider's TOS.

Personally, I use my own web server to host the files for download by friends and put a password on the download (or simply hide the link). A simple web hosting package with enough space would allow for this. They could even watch it as they download if you encode for "progressive download".

You could also use a service like DropBox and share the file to your friends. It wouldn't allow streaming playback, but it would allow you to get the file to your family.

You could also try looking at other services to see if their TOS allow for private sharing that includes content such as that. I don't know much about the TOS for streaming sites though since I self-host all my stuff.

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