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YouTube Partner Program Removes Channels for Content Duplication

YouTube who has recently completed reviewing channels of the participants of its YouTube Partner Program has announced that they are removing channels for duplication.

The team regularly reviews participants channels including new and existing to find those violating any of its policies.

Following the review, YouTube has found “groups of channels” in violation of YPP policies.

This led to the removal of these channels. But, owners have an opportunity to take actions on the problematic content by either removing or updating their content.

Once done, channels owners can reapply within 30 days.

As per guideline channels for violating YPP policies can be removed, but the area around “duplication” is where people are asking tons of questions.

Now, to clear confusion around duplication, a YouTube exec posted details about what does the channel removal from YPP for duplication means?

What does “duplicate content” means?

Duplicative content is not limited to copyright, said the team, adding YouTube partners program policy allow channels when their content is original, adds value and relevance.

However, in some cases, the program may allow channels to repurpose existing content from other sources if only they add significant original commentary, educational value, narrative, or high-quality editing.

So long as they meet this criterion they can monetize their “repurposed” content.

Here are some examples of content eligible for removal for duplication:

  • Content appears to be automatically generated
  • Content pulled from third-party sources with nothing new “content or narrative” added by the channel creator
  • Content uploaded elsewhere as well by multiple users and the channel is not the original uploader
  • Content uploaded in a way to bypass YouTube copyright tools.

Content ID Claims, Commercial Use Rights, or Fair Use

When a channel’s sole purpose is to monetize others sources content or videos they will still not qualify for YouTube partner program even if they get commercial use rights like fair use unless they give some value to that content.

What to do if a channel for duplication is removed?

Channels have an opportunity to either remove or update their content to meet with YPP policies.

Here are some best practices to follow when a channel for duplication is removed (from YouTube thread¬†“verbatim”):

  • “Add commentary or show presence in videos (voice or on-screen)
  • Link back to your YouTube channel from your website
  • Provide more context about your work in your video and channel descriptions
  • Make sure the content on your channel aligns with our policies. You can review: Community Guidelines, AdSense Policies, and YouTube Partner Program policies,” explained YouTube.

Once their content complies with YPP policies they can reapply to get into the YPP within 30 days.

The application and the channel will then be reviewed by YouTube and decide whether to reinstate the channel or not.

YouTube also explained that those who have applied for YPP and sees “channel under review” in Creator Studio is because the YPP team is reviewing the channel multiple times as they could not reach a decision during the initial review.

The team will let their final decisions about all these channels known by the year-end.

YouTube is advising¬†participants to continue publishing “original” content to their channel to help the team with the review process.


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