YouTube is updating the Terms of Service on December 10, 2019

YouTube is updating the Terms of Service on December 10, 2019

On December 10, 2019 YouTube will be updating the wording of their terms of service for greater clarity - they are not materially changing how things work, and are not introducing any changes regarding channel terminations. Here are the key items to be reminded of:

  1. You must be at least 13 years old to use the service, and if under 18, have parent/guardian permission.
  2. You are not allowed to:
    1. Harvest any information that may identify a person.
    2. Manipulate channel metrics, as engagement should be genuine (e.g. pay or incentivize people to like, view, sub)
  3. You are legally responsible for the content you submit to YouTube. You must comply with the law.
  4. Upload of third-party copyrighted material requires permission, unless you are legally entitled to do so.

NEW ADDITIONS:

  1. YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve content.
  2. Age requirements for Google accounts are now listed per country (note that for many of the countries listed 16+ is a requirement).

DIRECT COMPARISON OF WORDING:

Current wording

New wording

Age requirements

You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into the terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in these Terms of Service, and to abide by and comply with these Terms of Service. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 13, as the Service is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Service.

Age requirements

You must be at least 13 years old to use the Service. If you are under 18, you represent that you have your parent or guardian’s permission to use the Service. Please have them read this Agreement with you. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a user under the age of 18, by allowing your child to use the Service, you are subject to the terms of this Agreement and responsible for your child’s activity on the Service. You can find tools and resources to help you manage your family’s experience on YouTube in our Help Center and through Google’s Family Link.

Comments license

The licenses granted by you in user comments you submit are perpetual and irrevocable.

Comments license

The licenses granted by you continue for a commercially reasonable period of time after you remove or delete your Content from the Service.

Service provider

The Service is controlled and offered by YouTube.

Service provider

The entity providing the Service is Google LLC.

Responsibility for uploaded content

You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Content on the Service

Responsibility for uploaded content

You are legally responsible for the Content you submit to the Service.

Upload of third-party content

You further agree that Content you submit to the Service will not contain third party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant YouTube all of the license rights granted herein.

Upload of third-party content

The Content you submit must not include third-party intellectual property (such as copyrighted material) unless you have permission from that party or are otherwise legally entitled to do so.

Your use of the service

You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security-related features of the Service or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Service or the Content therein.

Your use of the service

You are not allowed to cause or encourage any inaccurate measurements of genuine user engagement with the Service, including by paying people or providing them with incentives to increase a video’s views, likes, or dislikes, or to increase a channel’s subscribers, or otherwise manipulate metrics in any manner.

Personal data collection

You agree not to collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Service, nor to use the communication systems provided by the Service (e.g., comments, email) for any commercial solicitation purposes.

Personal data collection

You are not allowed to collect or harvest any information that might identify a person (for example, usernames), unless permitted by that person or allowed under section (3).

Permission for other users to use your content

You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under these Terms of Service.

Permission for other users to use your content

You also grant each other user of the Service a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to access your Content through the Service, and to use that Content, including to reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works, display, and perform it, only as enabled by a feature of the Service (such as video playback or embeds). 

Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes

YouTube reserves the right to discontinue any aspect of the Service at any time.

Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes

YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.

Note:

YouTube clarified that there are no new rights in the ToS to terminate an account. This is about discontinuing certain YT features or parts of the service (no impact on creators/viewers).


For additional details, read our summary below.



SERVICE PROVIDER

The service provider is now Google LLC.


AGE REQUIREMENTS

You must be at least 13 years old to use the Service, however, if you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian’s permission to use the Service. Learn more.


SERVICE USE

Content is the responsibility of the person or entity that provides it to YouTube. YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve Content.


PERMISSIONS AND RESTRICTIONS

Here are the highlights of what you are not allowed to do:

  1. Download, sell, license, alter, modify or use any part of the Service or any Content except if authorized by the Service or with written permission, if applicable, from the respective rights holders.
  2. Circumvent, disable, fraudulently engage with, or otherwise interfere with any part of the Service.
  3. Access the Service using any automated means (such as robots, botnets or scrapers).
  4. Collect or harvest any information that might identify a person.
  5. Cause or encourage any inaccurate measurements of genuine user engagement with the Service, including by paying people or providing them with incentives to increase a video’s views, likes, or dislikes, or to increase a channel’s subscribers, or otherwise manipulate metrics in any manner.
  6. Misuse any reporting, flagging, complaint, dispute, or appeals process.
  7. Run contests on or through the Service that do not comply with YouTube’s contest policies and guidelines.
  8. Publicly screen videos or stream music from the Service.
  9. Use the Service to to sell any advertising, sponsorships, or promotions placed on, around, other than those allowed in the Advertising on YouTube policies, including those that contain Content from the Service or where Content from the Service is the primary basis for such sales (for example, selling ads on a webpage where YouTube videos are the main draw for users visiting the webpage).
CONTENT

Upload permissions:

  1. You must not submit to the Service any Content that does not comply with YouTube’s Terms of Service, YouTube Community Guidelines, or the law.
  2. The content you submit must not include third-party intellectual property (such as copyrighted material) unless you have permission from that party or are otherwise legally entitled to do so. You are legally responsible for the content you submit to YouTube. Learn more about copyright.

License to other users:

You grant other users of YouTube a license to use your content, including to reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works, display, and perform it, only as enabled by a feature of YouTube (such as video playback or embeds).

Removal of Content by YouTube

YouTube may remove your content if they reasonably believe that it’s in breach of their Terms of Service, or that it may cause harm to YouTube, users, or third parties, or take it down at their discretion.


YOUTUBE TERMINATIONS


YouTube may suspend or terminate your access, your Google account, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service in the following situations:

  1. You materially or repeatedly breached YouTube’s Agreement.
  2. YouTube is required to do so to comply with a legal requirement or a court order
  3. YouTube believes there has been conduct that creates (or could create) liability or harm to any user, other third party, YouTube or their Affiliates.
  4. YouTube believes provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable. YouTube already clarified that this does not impact creators/viewers in any way, this is just about removing certain YouTube features or parts of the service, e.g. outdated/low usage features.

YouTube will notify you with the reason for termination or suspension, but not in these situations:

  1. If it would violate the law or the direction of a legal enforcement authority, or would otherwise risk legal liability for YouTube or their Affiliates.
  2. If it would compromise an investigation or the integrity or operation of the Service.
  3. If it would cause harm to any user, other third party, YouTube or their Affiliates.

What happens if my Google account is restricted or terminated?

You will still be able to use certain aspects of the service, such as viewing only. However, if you believe your Google account has been terminated in error, you can appeal using this form.


OTHER TERMS


Warranty Disclaimer

YOUTUBE DOES NOT MAKE ANY SPECIFIC COMMITMENTS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE SERVICE, SUCH AS ITS ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, OR ABILITY TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.


Limitation of Liability

YOUTUBE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUES, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, GOODWILL, OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS; LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA.


To learn more about this update from YouTube, click here.

Don't forget to watch our video below as well.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Happiness Team by opening a ticket here.

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