Article How to Preserve YouTube Videos for Legal Cases

Videos are quite prevalent on social media platforms these days. With a camera on most mobile phones and laptops, videos are rapidly becoming the medium for sharing opinions, opening up about personal lives, and recording events as they are being witnessed. While videos live on many platforms, YouTube remains the largest video sharing platform on the internet.

Video Content on the Rise

In the e-Discovery Trends 2017: Web Content Collection Report, YouTube was 4th on our list, where 53% of litigators noted that they look for discoverable content on the video platform. The Page Vault team has seen YouTube grow to be a popular source for legal professionals who are looking for personal information or recorded events.

While the video itself can be critical as evidence, a YouTube page contains a wealth of supplementary information that can add value. Here’s what to know.

Navigating the YouTube Platform

It goes without saying that documenting the video itself is important because that’s where the bulk of the content lives. However, below the video, you can find details on who uploaded it and when. When the link of the uploader is clicked, there’s further information about the user who uploaded the video.

You can also find other relevant information, such as how many times the video has been viewed, the number of likes and dislikes it has received, and the comments posted by other YouTube users. These details are important to capture as they can provide more context around the video.

In addition, uploaders have the option to provide more information about the video, such as translations and transcripts, which can be found under the video by clicking “more”.

Because video content is so easy to create today, ensuring that the video itself and its supporting information is correctly documented and collected is critical. If you are interested in collecting a YouTube account and need help, contact Page Vault at Contact Us.