YouTube’s contest policies and guidelines

All contests run on YouTube or which use YouTube are subject to the below rules. In addition, your contest cannot be run or conducted in a way which conflicts with our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service or Community Guidelines.

YouTube does not allow contests to be run through ad units, but you can engage users in contests through your content on the platform, provided that the contest conforms with the below rules.

I. General Restrictions and Requirements:

  1. You are solely responsible for your contest.
  2. Your contest on YouTube must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, including U.S. sanctions.
  3. Your contest cannot infringe upon or encourage the infringement of any third party rights or the participation in any unlawful activity.
  4. You cannot ask the user to give all rights for, or transfer the ownership of, their entry to you.
  5. Your contest must be free to enter (don't forget to check your local lottery laws!)
  6. You may not pay a third party or parties to manipulate metrics on the YouTube Service, including numbers of views, likes, dislikes, or subscribers such that those metrics fail to reflect genuine user engagement with the YouTube Service.
  7. You cannot associate or affiliate YouTube with your contest without YouTube's prior written consent. This prohibits, among other things, expressly stating, or doing anything that suggests, that YouTube is involved with or has endorsed your contest in any way.

II. Your Official Contest Rules:

  1. You must have a set of "Official Rules" which:
    a. include links to the YouTube Community Guidelines and indicate entries which don’t comply will be disqualified.
    b. state all disclosures required by all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, including U.S. sanctions.
    c. are wholly compliant and consistent with the YouTube Terms of Service.
  2. Your contest must be conducted, and all prizes awarded as outlined in your Official Rules.
  3. You are responsible for your rules and all aspects of your contest administration.
  4. Your rules must clearly state that YouTube is not a sponsor of your contest and require users to release YouTube from any and all liability related to your contest.
  5. You must include a legally compliant privacy notice in your Official Rules which explains how you will use any personal data you collect for the contest and adhere to that use.

Disclaimer: We are not your attorneys and the information presented here is not legal advice. We provide it for informational purposes and suggest you seek advice in your jurisdiction for running a contest legally.

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