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Remove "Watch on YouTube" Link from Embedded Videos
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I am an educator who teaches online. I embed videos in a structured learning management system (LMS), to teach. I would like to limit students ability to link from my embedded instructional videos, to watching the videos on the YouTube website. I'm trying to keep students focused, in the classroom environment, as much as I possibly can. So I would like to remove the link that just started being displayed on the embedded videos. This is something new that I would like to omit. Do I need an account for educators? Should I purchase a Premium YouTube account? All my videos are categorized as "Educational." Is there code/markup I can write to remove this element from being displayed? I appreciate that YT would like to brand my videos, however it seems that not all contexts are being taken into account with regard to this design change. Thank you.
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Hi Kevin: the YouTube video player has the link back to the video watch page built in. It's not related to having a paid or free account. 
 
You can learn about the embedded player parameters here that let you change the look and behavior of the video player: 
 
However, there isn't any way to remove the "Watch on YouTube" link. 
 
You can send feedback to YouTube to let them know why you would like the option to remove that link.
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Actually there is a way to remove the "Watch on YouTube" link that has just started appearing on the videos in my online classroom. 

For those who would like to remove the "Watch on YouTube" link (element) here's how to instruct your students how to do it. It's a teachable moment, let's say. There's an extension called uBlock Origin. It's also available for Firefox too. Install it. Then: 
  • On the area (around the text) in the embedded video where Google is pushing through the new "Watch on YouTube," right click. A pop-out menu will appear.
  • In the pop-out menu, choose uBlock Origin > Block element in frame... A new window will appear with the text ##.ytp-impression-link at the top. This is the element you wish to block or filter. 
  • Next, click "Create." This will create a cosmetic filter, omitting this link (element), helping your students turn their classroom, back towards a learning environment, instead of an expanded marketing opportunity for Google on every video. 

So it is possible to do, albeit a slight nuisance. I just wish Google could make a distinction between creators/educators versus striving for commercial gain, in a market in which they already own. Google is trying to make even more direct contact with students by manipulating the presentation of embedded video in my classroom? It's not as if students aren't aware that the videos are hosted on YouTube. They certainly don't need to be tempted away from my classroom.

I will be following up on this, sending feedback, because I believe this is a situation where Google has overlooked educators who use their channel for educational purposes.
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Kevin: After a bit of testing, I found a way to remove the "Watch on YouTube" link from embedded videos. It's not perfect since you can't remove all YouTube branding/links but at least you can make sure the obtrusive "Watch on YouTube" button-link isn't staring your students in the face enticing them to jump to YouTube.com. 

From an SEO perspective, I find this new button-link annoying and a bit predatory so I published a article on my blog on how to remove it: https://www.seobyrvc.com/watch-on-youtube-button-may-annoy-lots-of-youtube-video-embedders. This solution also removes the video-control bar but volume can still be controlled through the playback device, of course. This may not work for you since it still leaves some YouTube branding (a less aggressive link) in the lower right corner but at least it doesn't explicitly invite viewers to watch videos on YouTube.com rather than the intended site. However, this might work well for you in conjunction with the browser extension you mention. 

It sounds like the browser extension you came up with would be based on the honor system; hard to know whether you have full compliance I would think. 

I will be adding your "educator" perspective to my article including a link to your comments here. Your point is well taken. I hadn't thought of the "student distraction" factor since my focus tends to be SEO. Good luck.
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