All About YouTube’s Terms of Service
Sharing video content on YouTube can be fun, and it can also be a lucrative business. But, to make the most of the site, you should be familiar with , so you don't find yourself out some money because you didn't follow the rules.
Where do you even start when there are so many points to remember in their terms? Let's look at YouTube's terms and see what you should know.
What to Know About YouTube’s Terms of Service
YouTube is a video-sharing platform consisting of content creators from all walks of life. Each channel offers clips that range from:
- Beauty tips
- Gaming channels
- Crafting projects
- How-to-videos on all sorts of tasks
- Reviews of products
Those that offer videos on the site will sometimes get paid for ad revenue or brand deals. Some users, however, don't publish any videos on their channels. They mainly use it to support other creators, comment on, and 'like' their videos. No matter what purpose the site is used for, cover just about any situation. They updated the current set of regulations on March 17, 2021.
What Information Does YouTube Collect from Me?
YouTube is a part of your Google account. So, you'll see pretty much the same information as you would with Google's terms of service. As with Google, YouTube offers ad revenue for a user's videos, provided you meet specific requirements. YouTube collects your browsing history to showcase other videos related to what the site's user typically watches.
When it comes to advertising, YouTube will show ads that match the user's viewing history. However, the viewer can interact and choose whether they want to be targeted by this type of advertising campaign or not. They will also save your IP address and provide it and any information attached to your Google account to the appropriate legal agency if necessary.
What Happens if a User Violates YouTube's Terms of Service?
Like any other website, YouTube requires you to follow all of its terms to keep publishing your content or comment, share, and 'like' videos on the platform. If a user violates them, a few different scenarios will take place. This would include:
- Deletion of offending videos from the site
- Deletion of any offending comments a user makes on another channel
- Suspension from YouTube
- Termination of the YouTube account
Each case is different and will require further steps before taking any actions. But, YouTube typically starts with warnings. For example, if a user's content is flagged as violating a copyright order from the company or person who owns the material, the website will notify the channel owner to remove the video or remove the copyrighted item.
An account is suspended when the user violates the terms repeatedly or if the actual violation is severe enough. The account will be restricted, but you can still view your channel, make comments, and like other videos until the suspension is lifted. The termination comes when YouTube's administration decides that it's no longer viable for you to continue using your account. You can still view videos on the site, though, but you won't be able to publish any more content.
What Can You Do if YouTube Bans You?
YouTube will ban accounts for many different reasons. Some of them include:
- Violent videos that showcase hate crimes, harassment, and other means of violence
- Videos that deceive, such as scams, faking or staging events, and posing as another user or entertainer
- Posting sexually explicit material
- Posting misleading information about public situations, like health or politics
There are some others, but these are the ones that they take very seriously and are likely to get you strikes on your channel without too much deliberation. The first violation will be a warning. The next one will get you a strike. Repeated ones will get you more strikes until after your third one, which will permanently terminate your account with them.
If you find yourself banned, and you don't feel that you deserve it, the next step is to appeal it with YouTube, but you must wait until 30 days after the strike to do it. Select the tab that shows your channel's violations on your channel’s dashboard. Navigate to the appeal button.
This is where you'll give a summary of why you feel the strike was a mistake and that a human should review the case. Someone on their staff will look over the situation and decide on whether the content deserved the strike or not. If you are hit with a copyright infringement, then you can send an email to YouTube's copyright department, where you will state your reasons for appealing their decision.
What YouTube's Arbitration Clause Looks Like
There is no explicit clause concerning arbitration in YouTube's terms of service. However, its legal section has a limitation of liability clause in it. It states that they're protected to a certain point if you file a claim with them. Any money you receive is capped. You would get the greater of either a full year's revenue paid by YouTube or $500.
This section also states that any YouTube employees, agents, affiliates, and directors are not liable for various situations, such as your channel’s revenue loss from the service’s interruption.
Things You Should Know About YouTube’s Terms of Service
When signing up for an account on YouTube, the site requires you to agree with their policies before accessing your channel. But, how many people read through the terms of service (TOS) thoroughly? Not too many. It's important to know what they're expecting of you before something happens down the road.
Some items included in their TOS that you might want to know about are:
- They can use your content for existing and future services, like an end-of-the-year video showcasing different users.
- You can delete your channel at any time for any reason without repercussions.
- You can't send any spam or unsolicited messages to other users
- You will need to meet age requirements to use their service
- They can delete your content without consent if they feel you violated one of their terms
- YouTube holds the right to license a channel owner's content to third-parties
- You will only get one year from the date of a claim if you want to pursue some kind of legal action
How to Analyze YouTube’s Terms of Service on Your Own
If you want a more thorough listing of all the terms that YouTube has for their services, you can go to their website and read through each one of them. However, there's a lot of them to get through, plus they're broken up into different sections. Finding what you want could be difficult because it's not as straightforward as one would like.
Also, they include terms for the user and information for others, like a third-party wanting to report a copyright infringement, for example. To find what you want could require searching through the whole list. Then there are the "legalese" terms, which not many people understand without doing even more searching to figure out.
How DoNotPay Can Help You With YouTube’s Terms of Service
Most people are interested in the terms of service when they're experiencing issues with their account. Whether they find themselves banned, suspended, or have a video that's demonetized, the terms are a great source of information when figuring out what they did wrong, if it's their fault, to begin with. Sometimes, it's not, so you need to know what's hidden in the terms. However, they're not that easy to navigate through. DoNotPay has the right solution.
Using it is quick and easy, so you can spend more time creating videos or simply catching up on your favorite channels. The great part of this service is that you can search for anything you want, even if it's to see if they violated your rights. If that's the case, we know just what to do. To use DoNotPay:
- Go to the Analyze Terms and Services product on DoNotPay.
- Enter the website domain you would like to scan.
- Wait for DoNotPay to identify any legal violations on the website (it should only take a few seconds!) If there are violations, proceed to drafting a demand letter.
- Enter how much you want to receive in compensation and the company name.
- Enter your contact information so the company can contact you.
If needed, DoNotPay will generate the demand letter for you with every legal violation we find through our search. Then we'll send it on your behalf.
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