TubeChop is a really cool tool. Basically, TubeChop lets you edit YouTube videos and then embed them into websites. So videos you want to use in class or for professional learning are always ready to go and there is no need to view irrelevant sections.

TubeChop is easy to use. Just enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to edit. Clip “chop it”. A slider appears to mark section/s of video you want to edit, hit enter and you are given the new URL and embed code.


Thanks to Jessica Brogely for sharing details of TubeChop.

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  2. I have contacted TubeChop to clarify any Copyright issues. Will add a comment when they reply. TubeChop has been in operation since 2008, so I would assume that YouTube would have initiated some sort of legal action if there were issues.

  3. This information comes from the Australian Copyright Council:

    “YouTube’s Terms of Use prohibit downloading videos from the YouTube site. You can get access to the content on YouTube’s website, however, without looking at the Terms of Use. If you are not aware of the Terms of Use, and have not accepted them, then they are unlikely to be legally binding on you. If, on the other hand, you have accepted the Terms of Use – for example, by signing up – then you will be covered by a contract with YouTube and downloading videos would appear to breach that contract.”

  4. tubechop does not automatically infringe copyright law. For example, you
    could use it to edit your own youtube videos or to create mashup works using
    videos covered by a creative commons licence or of “insubstantial portions”
    (the words of the act).
    You could get permission from the copyright holder to make use of their
    work, which in the case of a youtube video does not have to take any fancy
    form, just an email to the person who uploaded it asking; 1 do they own the
    copyright and 2 can you make use of it.
    Plus, you could use the program to grab extracts to use under your
    educational licence. For example, allowing you to embed an extract of a
    longer work in your lesson on the online whiteboard (properly attributed of

    I think there is a lot of complexity in current copyright law and that does
    lead to a lot of people (like the ‘someone’ at your school) having a knee
    jerk reaction of assuming you can’t do anything, or just avoiding anything
    which they don’t understand. The fact is though that there are a lot of
    exemptions available to schools and libraries and it is worth having a look
    at the fact sheets available from the Australian Copyright Council or even attending a
    workshop or four.

    And there is always section
    there waiting for us to make use of it, especially if the video you
    are using is not available commercially (as is the case with lots of youtube

    John. ADHD Librarian

  5. Another thought on tubechop,

    As well as ensuring you comply with copyright, when creating a mashup or
    sampling a work, you need to ensure you do not infringe moral rights. i.e.
    you must attribute, but you must also do nothing to damage the reputation or
    honour of the original artist.
    (I love that we still use the word honour in our law. If I ever infringe the
    honour of an artist I want him to slap me with a glove)
    However, parody and satire do give you another exemption. You can use
    copyright material for the purposes of parody and satire without permission,
    provided your use is fair. This would include things like the Hitler
    videoswhich were all the
    rage on youtube recently, where the use of the original
    work was necessary for the parody to succeed.
    It is worth noting that the act does not define parody or satire, but that
    probably doesn’t mean you can invent your own definition.

    You can also make use of an original work without permission if you are
    doing it or the purposes of criticism or review. So a student could make a
    video where they analyse youtube works as examples of film making or style
    and could use tubechop to extract examples of the work they were discussing.

    ADHD Librarian

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