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Updates to YouTube’s Terms of Service (November ‘20)
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Hi everyone,

Today we’re making a few updates to our Terms of Service. The Terms of Service are legal documents and written in legal language, so we're writing this post to highlight what it means in more plain language.

We’re rolling out these Terms of Service starting with the U.S., but they will be effective in all regions by the end of next year. If you want to view the Terms of Service in their entirety, check out the link here.

 -- Clarification on data that can’t be collected --

Previous language:
The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:
4. collect or harvest any information that might identify a person (for example, usernames) unless permitted by that person or allowed under section (3) above;

New language: 
The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:
4. collect or harvest any information that might identify a person (for example, usernames or faces), unless permitted by that person or allowed under section (3) above;

  • What changed: We added “or faces” to our Terms of Service to be explicit about what can’t be collected.
  • What this means: We are adding this into our Terms of Service to be extremely explicit about what kind of data users cannot collect from YouTube. YouTube has never allowed the collection of personally identifiable information (including data that can be used for facial recognition) under previous versions of our Terms of Service, but we want to specifically include language around facial data to be even more clear. We take user privacy seriously and want you to feel confident that your data is never being misused. 

 -- Adding a new section to our Terms of Service: Right to Monetize --

New section:
Right to Monetize 
You grant to YouTube the right to monetize your Content on the Service (and such monetization may include displaying ads on or within Content or charging users a fee for access). This Agreement does not entitle you to any payments. Starting November 18, 2020, any payments you may be entitled to receive from YouTube under any other agreement between you and YouTube (including for example payments ​under the YouTube Partner Program, Channel memberships or Super Chat) will be treated as royalties.  If required by law, Google will withhold taxes from such payments.

What changed: We’ve added a new section to our Terms of Service: “Right to Monetize” containing two updates.

What this means:
  • For channels not yet in the YouTube Partner Program:
We added this new section to let you know that, starting today we’ll begin slowly rolling out ads on a limited number of videos from channels not in YPP. This means as a creator that’s not in YPP, you may see ads on some of your videos. Since you’re not currently in YPP, you won’t receive a share of the revenue from these ads, though you’ll still have the opportunity to apply for YPP as you normally would once you meet the eligibility requirements. You can always check your progress toward eligibility on the monetization tab in YouTube Studio. 
  • For monetizing creators in the U.S.:
We also updated the Terms of Service to mention that any payments from YouTube to U.S. creators will be considered “royalties” from a U.S. tax perspective, effective today November 18, 2020. Some creators may be required to submit tax information in AdSense and may be subject to U.S. withholding taxes if required by law. U.S. creators will be generally unaffected by these withholding taxes as long as they provide valid documentation. If you have further questions, you may want to seek professional tax advice.

For creators outside the U.S., we’ll provide more information about when these terms will become available for you next year.

We hope this helps clear up any questions about these changes. 

– TeamYouTube
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Hello, I am little bit confused about this section
Previous language:
The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:
4. collect or harvest any information that might identify a person (for example, usernames) unless permitted by that person or allowed under section (3) above;

New language: 
The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:
4. collect or harvest any information that might identify a person (for example, usernames or faces), unless permitted by that person or allowed under section (3) above;
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“creator that’s not in YPP, you may see ads on some of your videos”

Seems like an hard push to force more ads on users. May have some negative effects especially for users who can’t afford to pay for YT premium service. Many will get the wrong ideal and think it’s an effort to make them do so.
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Going a little off the topic. But looking at the above changes, this exactly applies to my Privacy complaint that was made 2 weeks back. But I'm still waiting for a response. I would really appreciate if anyone can follow up on that. The complaint was made through this ID.
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So, creators who are not elegible for monetization in the YPP will see ads run on their content.

This is deeply unethical and exploitative.

In principal, there is simply no other way to view this than YouTube telling its creator base that they're happy to make money off the back of work that certain creators aren't seeing a penny for themselves. That is contemptible.
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Even if I could put ads in my videos I would not because I like my content ad free. And Why would u not give the creators who spend countless hours on the content a portion of the revenue? Also do u know how much a creator with that is not in the ypp makes? It’s very small u guys can miss out on a couple bucks
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If I am not getting any revenue from the adds, then it's unfair to run adds in my videos.
The adds will make the creator to achieve the required threshold more tough  ! 
This is completely unfair act from YouTube  !
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While I appreciate the clarifications and communication, I feel as though the new policy on YouTube's right to monetization is unfair and may adversely affect small creators such as myself. If possible, could you clarify what factors will determine which videos are monetized? Will it be based on views, content, the channel, or..?
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Forcing ads on non-partners and not sparing a dime is horrible. 

This especially hurts the people who don't want to put ads on their videos at all.
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So threshold used to be 10,000 views. I had a monetised channel. It became too hard to keep track of all the monetised content on YouTube and advertisers didn’t like their ads being shown on bad videos. So they increased the threshold so they can manually review each account to make sure it’s ad friendly. That’s all well and good. Then they go and contradict themselves by adding ads to all videos? Keeping the YPP thresholds the same, so they can keep 100% of the ad revenue? Not fair at all, the thresholds are already difficult to reach, very demoralising...
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This notification about updated TOS was sent to an email address that is not linked to my YouTube account; it was not sent to the email I actually used to set up my YouTube account. Was this in error? Why did this happen? I am concerned YouTube and/or Google are mishandling my personal information.
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Is there a petition against this, or it's there any way to give feedback? This is TERRIBLE idea and will damage small channels more than anything.  
This also reeks of exploitability on YT's side.
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What does the text below mean with regard to faces?

Specifically:
(1) are you now saying any YouTube video cannot include the faces of individual humans besides the creator (or people who have signed releases)?
(2) what does this mean with regard to footage of historical events?
(3) what does this mean with regard to footage filmed in public spaces?
(4) is this retroactive to affect videos including footage of human faces already uploaded to YouTube?

It would be nice to see a few examples of things which this policy affects, explaining the new policy in practice. For example, “this policy affects x,y,z.  X was never allowed before but it now allowed with the following condition. Y was allowed before but is now disallowed entirely. Z was allowed before but is now allowed only with the following condition and supporting documentation”



New language: 
The following restrictions apply to your use of the Service. You are not allowed to:
4. collect or harvest any information that might identify a person (for example, usernames or faces), unless permitted by that person or allowed under section (3) above;

  • What changed: We added “or faces” to our Terms of Service to be explicit about what can’t be collected.
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Does this mean you will be playing ads on all videos now? Or is there some other criteria that you haven't mentioned. I have no interest in monetization for myself, my videos are for my students, and I'd rather they didn't have to deal with ads. I understand that hosting videos for free comes with costs, but I would just like some clarity on how this will be implemented.

Additionally, If this policy applies to very small channels I suspect it could damage the overall growth of the site. Viewers make quick judgements about new channels within the first ten seconds. If they have to wait through an advertisement before even getting to that step, one might imagine that overall traffic would drop off substantially. This in turn, could limit the variety of new channels in the future. Maybe. I don't know.
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You're telling me that now you are forcing ads on videos that aren't monetized. And the creator of said videos gets nothing out of it? 

FFS There's greed. The there's this...
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I received the notice today, with it going in to effect today.  That does not give an opportunity to respond to customer concerns nor options.  For an occasional user, it is making me rethink my interest in using your service at all.
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So channels I watch are expected to have ads run on their stuff and NOT make any money from it, AND I'm expected to watch the ads that don't benefit them? I guess it's as good a time as any to change the settings for uBlock.
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This is awful and extremely despicable. Forcing ads on content creators and not paying them a dime. So the YPP now only exists for creators to get access to their cut of the profits (profits that will now be going straight to youtube until that is met)? Surely if it is appropriate to put ads on a channel and monetize it, the creator should be entitled to some pay for that work? How is this legal.
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Not particularly happy with this. My content is good enough to have ads, but I'm not good enough to get any benefit. Not cool. 

It's difficult enough to build up to 1000 subscribers and to get them to watch all your content. And instead you're throwing ads in front of them that make people turn off. 😔
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So if YouTube will not put ads on non-monetized videos, does that include midroll ads, or just ads at the start and finish? Because I absolutely will not tolerate having my videos ruined with midroll ads and will have to find another platform if that is the case.
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So, small creators are worth monetizing after all.

This seems in direct opposition to what they told all the small creators when they stripped our monetization.

I had stopped uploading to wait and see.

but this is bad enough for me to rip down my the 60 or so videos )500 sub channel with 300k hours watched.)

before they stripped monetization i was pulling $20-40/mo on residual views, so the 'not worth monetizing' was always BS to me .. 

now its obvious, it was all just youtube wanting to crank up their own profit on my back.

..  no.
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Craig... the TOS is a binding agreement between Youtube and the users. If you have a contract for you to sell me a new car for $40k you can decide that you are going to keep my 40k and not give me the car. You can not take someones work because you wants it that is theft and there are tools to report it. I am the only one that can decide to sell my work.

EDIT: Spelling
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Yea this is real bad. I use YouTube to host videos for my portfolio website. I can't have potential employers having to wait for ads just to look at my stuff. They might get the wrong idea and think I'm trying to monetize my portfolio videos, which would be crazy, or they could just be in a rush and skip over me. I've heard of applicants being looked over for less. If this stands I won't be able to use YouTube for my non-monetized videos.
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I would rather my viewers not have to deal with ads on videos I've uploaded.  I'd be willing to pay for that.  I don't expect anything for free.  YouTube hosts and serves my videos and I don't pay a thing for that. 

But then again, the content I give YouTube brings viewers to the platform and helps YouTube make money.
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This is not fair

For channels not yet in the YouTube Partner Program:
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I am more than disappointed with YouTube. Making money by putting ads on videos that creators aren't getting a cent off of. YouTube has become too greedy, and it is clear that it doesn't care about the creators.
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I can't believe you added this "Right to Monetize" section with no warning or feedback from creators. You should really reconsider this change and remove that section.

I used to be a Partner but YT paid so little I stopped making content. Two weeks ago, after being away for 6 years, I started making vids again just for fun. Today, with no warning, YT will make money off my labor and not give me any.

I strongly disagree with this change.
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It seems the only way to make our non-YPP videos not include ads is to make them not "brand safe." Any tips for doing this besides including controversial content?

Is it even possible to pay YouTube to not show ads before our videos to anyone watching them?

Does anyone know video sharing sites that won't inject ads before your non-monetized videos?
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I personally not think but know this is unfair practice from YouTube. Creators should  be rewarded for their hard work but putting ads on creators videos without paying them it's not a good modern business ethics.
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I can see why "Contemptible" is an apt sentiment from an independent and unmonitized content creators standpoint. Conform or enjoy no fruits of labor because a corporation is legally bound to maximize profit.

I can't speak for anyone else but I pay YT for premium because I detest ads. I must also say that YT music makes it worth it.

This will force some of the much smaller (but growing) platforms to innovate and become attractive to those left out because they are willing to take on additional risk just to take .001% of the market away. Inspired innovation happens because of changes like this. It's not like they would be any real competition anyway since web searches for content hosted from competing sites can easily be ranked into the ground or omitted entirely. By omitted I mean censored by the AI at big G.

I'm not a content creator and just came here to read what the other changes mean for me. I'm honestly surprised this particular change hasn't happened earlier.

I'm old enough to remember when Google's original motto was "Don't be Evil". This is so entirely laughable now it's a joke without a punchline.

To some maybe I'm a hypocrite for paying for the service. Maybe I don't care because it does hold that value for me.

To those that have everything more will be given, and those who have nothing all shall be taken.
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This is low, YouTube. Super. Low. I've been trying for three years to get into your YPP since you last updated the terms. Now you're screwing me over again. I'm not even halfway at the insane requirement for subscribers even after all this time. Keep this nonsense up and I can guarantee there'll be more shootings by the creators you screw over at your HQ.
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If YouTube is going to be making money off of all creators even ones that arent monetized are there plans to reduce the requirements to monetize videos and be part of the YouTube Partner Program?
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Youtube is gonna get a lot of lawsuits involving Non Commercial works considering before people would have used NC works to help build their audience that now YouTube can monetize (violating the NC aspect of the copyright)
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So, now all videos will have ads, even ones covering sensitive topics? So, you could click on a video where someone breaks the news that their mother died, only to be met with an ad for McDonalds? That seems kind of in poor taste, doesn't it? Especially if people haven't read the updated ToS and accuse the person of using their mother's death for ad revenue, when in reality it was YouTube's fault and not theirs.
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Go fuck yourself. Genuinely, fuck you. I’m pissed as hell. This is such blatant exploitation, you’re literally stealing money from creators. And what about people who don’t want ads on their videos? Are they just gonna get shafted by your greed? Huh? I hope you’re happy, because this shit ain’t gonna fly with anyone on this platform. Susan, you are a vile human being, and I hope you get booted from YouTube some day. That’d be a day everyone celebrated.
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So you are using us small channels as a free space to advertise? How convenient youtube.
The watch flow of people will be affect negatively and the watch time will also be damaged.
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You guys suck lol.
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Is this even legal? I believe the technical term for this is wage theft.
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"creator that’s not in YPP, you may see ads on some of your videos"

If i start getting complaints in the video comments about ads i will just yank all my content and finally be done with youtube.

It's hard enough making content and supporting all the user comments for free.
On top of this i pay for Youtube Premium so i am actually paying for the privilege of being screwed over.
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confused.......block from a channel I don`t use/ can`t sign in to my videos I watch.......I don`t upload anything.
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This is not it.
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Going a little off the topic. But looking at the above changes, this exactly applies to my Privacy complaint that was made 2 weeks back. But I'm still waiting for a response. I would really appreciate if anyone can follow up on that. The complaint was made through this ID.
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my, creators who are not elegible for monetization in the YPP will see ads run on their content.
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