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Updates to YouTube’s Terms of Service (November ‘20) 1 Recommended Answer 463 Replies 4345 Upvotes
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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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Confusing overload
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