Reused content (previously known as duplication of content) has been a hot topic on YouTube following the demonetization of channels. If your channel was demonetized due to "Reused content" or you want prevent this from happening, this is what you should know:
Reused means that a portion of the content you published on your channel can be found elsewhere. This can happen if you use third party content in your videos, for example:
- Content from other creators
- Public domain footage
- Copyrighted content (e.g. TV shows/movies, commercial music, trailers, game cutscenes/intros, recordings of live concerts, ...)
- Royalty Free Music
Some examples of content that could lead to the removal of your channel from the YouTube Partner Program due to reuse of content:
Content that appears to be automatically generated (for example, synthetic voice reads third-party content)
Third-party content compiled without a narrative
- Content uploaded many times by multiple users
Content uploaded somewhere else first
Content that is uploaded in a way that is trying to get around YouTube's copyright tools
This Help Center article has more details!
If your channel's content is mainly based on third party content, such as compilations, music promotion, or similar, or you create gameplays or react videos that don't include significant original content or value, especially if the videos go on for extended periods of time, there is a chance that it can be considered as reuse of content by YouTube, even if you have permission. What you can do to solve this is:
Add commentary to the video or show your presence in your 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
You should also keep in mind that when you are using third party content in your videos, obtaining written permission or license from the rights holder prior of using the content and making sure that your production can be considered as fair use.
If your channel was YPP (YouTube Partner Program) suspended due to reuse of content, you can reapply to join YPP 30 days after suspension. Just make sure that you have removed all duplicate content in your channel before you re-apply so that you may be eligible.
Want to learn more? Check out the links below:
- What is Fair Use?
- What is copyright?
- What content can I monetize?
- Video game and software content monetization
- How to proceed with disabled monetization
- AdSense Program policies
- YouTube Partner Program policies
- Update from YouTube on October 9, 2018 regarding reuse of content and YPP
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our support team by clicking in the "Submit a request" link at the top of this page, or by clicking here. If you do that, make sure to clarify if you have permission to use third-party content. If you do have permission, send us the documentation you have so we can review.