Changes to YouTube Partner Program terms

New YouTube Partner Program terms must be accepted by July 10, 2023 to continue monetizing on YouTube. Partners also need to accept new terms to begin earning Shorts ad revenue starting as early as February 1, 2023, or on the date accepted.

We recently announced how we’re expanding and evolving the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) by introducing new eligibility criteria for Shorts, new ways to earn on YouTube (including ad revenue sharing for Shorts), and opening access to Creator Music. 

To make these changes possible, we have new YouTube Partner Program terms. Read on to understand the latest changes to these terms, and take steps to ensure that your channel can continue monetizing.

Introducing Modules

We’ve restructured the YouTube Partner Program terms to include new Modules that give creators more flexibility in the ways they can earn from their content. After signing the Base Terms, which are the foundational contract terms for all creators wishing to monetize on the platform, creators can pick and choose from contract Modules to unlock earning opportunities. 

Base Terms

The Base Terms include foundational program terms like how we pay you, our content policies, and new terms like country pass-throughs and rights clearance adjustments. All creators in or looking to join the YouTube Partner Program are required to accept the Base Terms. 

Watch Page Monetization Module

The Watch Page represents pages within YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Kids dedicated to the description and playback of your long-form or live streaming videos. To earn ad and YouTube Premium revenue on long-form or live streaming videos viewed on the Watch Page, or when embedded on other sites in the YouTube Video Player, you’ll need to to accept the Watch Page Monetization Module. For existing creators in YPP, this means that you’ll need to accept this module to continue earning ad revenue from the Watch Page. 

Shorts Monetization Module

The Shorts Monetization Module allows your channel to share revenue from ads viewed between videos in the Shorts Feed. Once you’ve accepted this Module, you’ll start earning from Shorts Feed ads and YouTube Premium revenue on your eligible Shorts views as early as February 1, 2023. If accepted after February 1, 2023, Shorts ad revenue sharing will begin accruing on the date you accept. For more details on how ad revenue sharing works for Shorts, see our YouTube Shorts monetization policies

Commerce Product Addendum 

The Commerce Product Addendum unlocks a series of Fan Funding features that help you earn while connecting with your fans, ranging from channel memberships to Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Super Thanks. These terms remain the same so if you’ve already accepted, you won’t need to accept them again.

What happens if you don’t accept updated terms

It’s important for all partners to review and understand the new YouTube Partner Program terms. Accepting the Base Terms is required to join or remain in YPP. 

Shorts ad revenue sharing begins February 1, 2023. To start earning ad revenue on your Shorts views, monetizing partners will need to accept the Base Terms and Shorts Monetization Module. You will not be able to earn from Shorts Feed ads until you do so. Shorts views accrued prior to accepting the Shorts Monetization Module are not eligible for Shorts ad revenue sharing.

To remain in the YouTube Partner Program and continue monetizing on YouTube, all monetizing partners will have until July 10, 2023 to review and accept new terms. If you don’t accept at least the Base Terms by that date, your channel will be removed from the YouTube Partner Program and your monetization agreement terminated. After that happens, you’ll need to re-qualify and re-apply to join again. 

Once your channel is removed from YPP, keep in mind that YouTube’s Terms of Service still apply and govern your use of YouTube. This includes YouTube’s right to monetize and display ads on your content. If you’re currently not in the YouTube Partner Program, but you were previously, you may still see ads being served on your content, but won’t be entitled to payment. 

Frequently asked questions

Why did you decide to modularize the terms?

Introducing Modules to the YouTube Partner Program terms means we can add new monetization opportunities in the future without having to update or amend the entire monetization agreement.

This approach also gives creators increased transparency and focus to decide which monetization opportunities are right for their channel.

Can I opt out of certain Modules after I've accepted them?

Yes. You can choose to opt out of specific monetization Modules at any time by contacting Creator Support.

How does this work for channels in a Multi-Channel Network (MCN)?

All monetizing partners need to accept updated Base Terms by July 10, 2023 to continue monetizing. If the managing MCN doesn’t accept by July 10, but their affiliate channel does, then the affiliate channel will be released from their MCN and treated the same as any other YPP partner without any impact to their monetization status.

What should I know if I use Studio Content Manager (CMS)?

Partners with access to Studio Content Manager (CMS) will need to accept a Monetization Amendment that includes monetization of your long-form content on the Watch Page. It also includes foundational program terms like how we pay you, our content policies, and new terms like country pass-throughs, rights clearance adjustments, and content eligible to be remixed. Partners that wish to unlock Shorts ad revenue sharing will also need to accept the Shorts Monetization Module. 

Partners using YouTube Studio Content Manager will also need to review and accept new terms by July 10, 2023. If you don’t accept at least the Monetization Amendment by that date, your monetization agreement will be terminated and your channels will no longer be monetizing on YouTube.

What do the new “Non-Qualifying Revenues” terms mean for monetization?

YouTube’s terms help make sure we’re providing an ecosystem where we can deliver value to advertisers and users, and responsibly and fairly reward creators. Instances of financial fraud, which unfairly capture earnings from fake views or purchases using stolen credit cards, hurt the ecosystem by creating loss of trust with advertisers, creators, and viewers. 

When we detect such abuse, we refund negatively impacted parties, such as advertisers or users, where appropriate and possible. YouTube does not keep this revenue, and creators should also not receive a share of any refunded revenue. Any actions we may take are proportional to the circumstances, as outlined under related policies. For example, while we may recoup and refund revenue resulting from financial fraud, we are not seeking to recoup revenue if videos are later found to not meet our advertiser-friendly content guidelines.

The “Non-Qualifying Revenues” section of the new YouTube Partner Program terms doesn’t reflect new policies. This section is instead aimed at bringing more transparency around our existing AdSense policies about changes or delays to payments in instances such as financial fraud. “Non-Qualifying Revenues” covers 2 different scenarios where we may recoup revenue in the event of specific violations like invalid traffic:

  1. YouTube may withhold or adjust any partner earnings associated with a breach of the terms.
    1. For example, if we detect financial fraud before payment is made, we may adjust the payment to remove the associated revenue or withhold payment for that portion of revenue while we investigate the fraud. 
  2. YouTube may charge back or offset such amounts against future partner earnings payable to you.
    1. For example, if we detect financial fraud after payment is made, the associated revenue could be charged back against any AdSense balance that has not yet been disbursed, or otherwise offset or deducted from future earnings. When this happens, chargebacks are deducted from your AdSense balance, not your bank account.
There is no change to how we process revenue for Content ID claims between monetizing partners. In these cases, we will continue to withhold revenue while a dispute is in progress.

 

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