In a current question (here), the original poster commented on my answer that the pilot episode of the TV show in question is on YouTube. Is it appropriate to link to this content?

While I think erring on the side of caution and not doing so is the right thing to do, part of me believes it will improve the answer.

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Copyright as you are no-doubt aware is an enormously complex area - made worse by the interconnected nature of the web, issues of what comprises 'fair use' of copyrighted material.

The clearest statement from Stack-Exchange that I have seen is in this post https://cstheory.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/879/should-we-permit-linking-to-illegal-stuff/880#880

This is from Jeff Atwood (co-founder and an employee at the time), and clearly states that linking to egregiously illegal content should be discouraged.

I have not seen the content, so cannot judge for myself, but if you think it is clearly in breach of copyright, then I would say that it would be best not to include it. If you think it falls into 'fair use' then a link should be ok.

  • Another interesting discussion is here: meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1349/…
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 21:49
  • I'm going with 'no,' because it makes more sense to leave it and move on rather than dance around the 'fair use' issue. Thanks for the input!
    – stevvve
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 22:30

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