YouTube: Reused Content and Monetization

Updated January 2021: During the past few months a lot of YouTube channels are have been demonetized recently do to something YouTube calls ‘duplication’ or (more recently) reused content. The main message to be taken from YouTube’s monetization review process is that in order for your channel to enjoy the benefits of monetization (which is a privilege not a right), you need to:

The issue of reused content (and duplication) is mainly related to this last point—whether you are creating enough content of your own.

1. Types of Reused Content

There are several kinds of reused content:

1.1 Reused content not involving copyright issues, but involving third-party content

The important thing to note is all of these cases, you would have the right to use content commercially. However, that right does not mean that YouTube has the the obligation to assist you in making money from those videos by allowing them to be monetized. YouTube states:

In most cases, even if you have licenses to use the content or your videos are protected by copyright laws, such as fair use, if the main purpose of your channel is to monetize other channels’ or sources’ content, then you won’t be eligible for YPP. You still need to be contributing to the value of that content in some way. Note: some of these videos may still be fine to remain up on YouTube! (Partner Program Reviews and Removals (including Duplication)

YouTube has stated that using third party content can be OK, but the key thing is what you do with it—specifically, what value you are adding to it. For example, there is some value in searching for the funniest videos involving falls. However merely finding them and stitching them together into one video would not be ENOUGH added value. You would simply not be bringing enough of your own content to the table.

Channels with the following characteristics may find it very difficult to have their channels approved for monetization:

1.1.1 Videos consisting solely or mainly of public domain work created by other people (e.g., public domain movie channels)

1.1.2 Uploads of copies (or minimally edited versions) of material previously published by other people under a Creative Commons license (this would apply to even the standard CC BY licence). For example, if you use a Creative Commons song from Incompetech ( or a song from YouTube’s music library ( as a small part of a video about something else, it would be no problem. However, if your videos were merely that same song and a still picture, that would be considered duplication,

1.1.3 Videos over-reliant on things like stock photos and stock video (even though the channel owner may have licensed them for commercial use). Slideshow-style videos (a series of still images) are generally not monetizable even when commentary is provided.

1.1.4 Compilations of viewer submissions or compilations of videos used with permission.

1.1.5 Music promotion channels (e.g., channels based on sourcing songs online, getting permission to use them and then using them to create videos, usually with a photo and/or music visualizer for the visuals.). However, there is a recent case of a large music promotion channel—alexrainbirdMusic—getting demonetized for reused content. They mobilized their subscribers to fight for their monetization privileges to be reinstated and were successful. YouTube switched their monetization back on without any explanation. Other channels have not been so fortunate.

1.2 Reused content involving original content

The following may cause problems with monetization:

1.2.1 Different versions of the same video on the same channel (e.g., a ten-minute version and a twelve-minute version).

1.2.2 Many very similar videos on the same channel (e.g., Twenty slightly different videos of the same Finger Family song, a hundred videos of someone drinking water, etc.).

1.2.3 Videos that have been done to death already. A good example of that would be ‘learn color’ and ‘baby shark song’ animations. There are tens of thousands of these videos on YouTube already. They do get a lot of views, but children really need to learn more than what the videos are offering. Channels specializing in these kinds of videos are not getting monetized. Another problem affecting these kinds of animated kids videos is that they are targeting toddlers while YouTube (and its advertisers) are targeting people 13 and over.

1.2.4 Videos that are simply too basic (e.g., if your videos are basically just text on a still image, the channel is very unlikely to get monetization approved). Slideshow-style videos (a series of still images) are generally not monetizable even when commentary is provided.

1.2.5 Videos generated automatically (e.g., using text-to-speech programmes to convert Wikipedia articles into the audio for a video or using a music visualizer to create the visuals).

1.2.6 Videos created using whiteboard-animation software.

1.3 Reused content involving copyright and trademark issues

These are more straightforward as the copyright issues mean the videos should not have been monetized in the first place as the uploader would not have the necessary commercial rights. In this list.

1.3.1 Channels that have copyright claims (the one exemption would be for cover version channels in which the performers supply their own background music)

1.3.2 Uploads of obviously copyright-infringing content that has not been claimed, including videos that attempt to evade YouTube’s Content ID system (e.g., mirroring and videos so that copyright infringement is more difficult to detect)

1.3.3 Mashup videos, DJ mix and music remix videos

1.3.4 Compilations without commentary (or with only minimal commentary) of other people’s videos (even if those videos have not been claimed by the copyright owners)

1.3.5 Gameplay video without commentary. According to YouTube’s policy on Video game and software content, “Videos simply showing a user playing a video game or the use of software for extended periods of time may not be accepted for monetization.”

1.3.6 Reaction videos with minimal commentary

1.3.7 Narration of texts (e.g., stories, articles, news reports) written by other people (this would include an actual person narrating as well as the use of text-to-speech programs)

1.3.8 Live concert footage (and you are not the performer and/or do not own the copyright to the video)

1.3.9 Lyrics videos of other people’s songs (with or without the actual song in the video)

1.3.10 Fan-fiction or children’s videos featuring trademarked and/or copyrighted characters (e.g., Harry Potter, Thomas the Tank Engine).

1.3.11 AMVs

1.4 Possible other categories

Other channels have also reported having ‘re-used content’ issues. These include:

1.4.1 Audio podcasts. The issue is likely that the videos are mainly to be listened to (not watched), so if ads were placed on the video, they would go unnoticed by most viewers. I have heard of many audio podcast channels encountering problems with monetization. I have heard on one such demonetized channel—Southern Cannibal—getting monetization returned.

1.4.2 Channels with a lot of very long ambient content (e.g., a ten-hour fireplace video, an hour-long audio tone). These have the problem mentioned in 4.2 (focusing too much on the audio). In addition, the visuals often have the problem mentioned in 1.3 (an over-reliance on stock assets).

1.4.3 Channels aimed at toddlers. YouTube is intended for people aged 13 and above and the advertisements would reflect this demographic. If you are aiming for a really young audience, your content and YouTube’s advertisers may simply not be compatible. For this one, it seems that if you are aiming to monetize a channel aimed at little kids, you would need highly original, varied, creative and professional-looking content.

1.4.4 Narration of public domain works (e.g., audio books). There are two main issues. One would be that the videos are mainly to be listened to (not watched), so if ads were placed on the video, they would go unnoticed by most viewers. The other issue would be related to point 1.4 (an over-reliance on public domain work).

There may very well be other kinds of channels affected. I will update the list if I notice any more kinds of channels reporting duplication issues. Let me know if you think any other kinds of channels should be added.

1.5 Issues related to Community Guidelines and advertiser-friendly content

YouTube appears to be using ‘reused content’ as a kind of blanket reason for denying monetization, so it is possible the ‘reused content’ notification your receive is entirely unrelated.

1.5.1 Community Guidelines violations.  As mentioned at the beginning of the article, one of the purposes of the review is to check to see if the channel is complying with YouTube’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. If a channel is breaking any of YouTube’s many rules (there are a LOT of them ranging from putting tags in the description to requiring people to subscribe to your channel in order to enter a giveaway to showing people how to modify ammunition), that channel  is unlikely to pass the monetization review process. I have a list of possible violations in my article on YouTube suspensions: Was Your YouTube Channel Suspended for No Reason? (A Guide to Community Guidelines-related Suspensions)

1.5.2 Non-advertiser friendly content. If YouTube decides the content is not advertiser friendly, the channel may be denied monetization for ‘reused content’.  Here are YouTube’s advertiser friendly guidelines:

2. What about other channels that have the same content but are monetized?

There are three main things to consider here:

2.1 When the new monetization system started in late 2017, channels that  (1) were already monetized and (2) met the minimum requirements for watch hours and subscribers simply kept their monetization privileges. For several months,  YouTube only reviewed new applications. They only started to turn their attention to the already-monetized channels in late 2018. It will take a long time before all channels are reviewed. Therefore, just because you see a successfully monetized channel with the same content as your channel has, this does not mean the channels is OK. It may simply have not been reviewed yet.

2.2 It is unclear if YouTube is going to be consistent. There are some massive channels that would appear to be unmonetizable. These include channels like NoCopyrightSounds (a music promotion channel using music visualizers and third-party songs). Is YouTube going to be consistent and demonetize these channels.

2.3 Quality may be a consideration. I have noticed a lot of top-ten style channels having their monetization applications fail.  They are quite similar to the channel WatchMojo in that they have commentary going on throughout the video, but the commentary never gets very deep or insightful. The only difference I could see (apart from the channels being relatively new), was that the production quality of the videos on these channels (e.g., narration, selection and editing of source material, etc.) wasn’t that good. YouTube definitely hasn’t mentioned anything about video quality, but it seems that it is one of the the things considered in a monetization review.

3. The elephant in the room: Gameplay videos

That would be gaming videos with very shallow commentary. In this case, all the visuals and most of the audio would be owned by the game developer (and, if commercially-released music is used, the copyright owners of the music compositions and recording). This is probably one of YouTube’s biggest genre in terms of uploads. It is unclear how such channels will be treated under the new policy. I suspect new gaming channels who don’t do much commentary will find it difficult to get monetization approved.

4. What you can do

According to an official YouTube post (Partner Program Reviews and Removals (including Duplication),  you can do the following to improve your chances of getting monetization:

  • Add commentary 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
  • Make sure the content on your channel aligns with [YouTube’s] policies. You can review: Community Guidelines, AdSense Policies, and YouTube Partner Program policies.

Here are my suggestions:

4.1 Beef up the video descriptions

The problem that is easiest to fix is when the channel is in line with everything that YouTube is looking for but the video descriptions don’t contain information about the actual production. For example, who shot the video? When? What model of camera was used? Where is the music from? What rights do you have for the music? Who are the other people in the video? If there is any third party content, where is that from and what rights do you have to it? If this information is in the description, the YouTube reviewer than can get a much better idea of what you have created, and what you own, what you have exclusive rights to and what you have some rights to.

4.2 Mobilize your supporters

I know of three channels—Southern Cannibal (audio podcasts of user horror story  submissions), alexrainbirdMusic (user music submissions) and VJ4rawr2 (movie parodies) that launched viewer campaigns to get their channels reinstated—and were successful, while smaller channels with similar kinds of videos remained demonetized. Importantly, in all three cases, the monetization was switched on without any kind of notice coming from YouTube. In the latter two cases (I don’t know about the first one), the channel owners did not have to wait for the 30-day monetization re-application period. Monetization was simply switched back on.  This seems to indicate that some YouTube staff members have the power to help channels out at their own discretion.

4.3 Rethink the content and rebuild the channel

For many channels, the content simply isn’t going to be monetizable because of issues with the content of the video. If you have a channel like that, you need to change the format or accept that the channel is not going to be monetized. For specific kinds of channels, here is some advice:

4.3.1 Fair-use-style channels: You can minimize the use of clips and provide in-depth analysis throughout the videos. Good examples of fair-use-style channels are Vox, Nerdwriter and Wisecrack. it is important to accept that monetizing a video weakens any fair use claim, so there is no guarantee that your fair-use-style videos will be approved.

4. 3.2 Music promotion channels: You can choose to (1) do it for fun and not get monetized, (2) actually become a record label and sign artists, (3) really work on the videos (e.g., invite the artists in for recording sessions like the channel Paste NYC or Wood & Wires or 4.  Do music reviews in which only short snippets of songs are used.

4.3.3 Kids channels: It might be better to use adult actors, be sure to include a lot of variety and make the content educational. You can consider shows like Sesame Street, Barney, Blues Clues or the Wiggles as example of children’s programming. To be monetizable, a kids channel would have to be very professional and original.

Obviously, if there are videos that are causing problems, you will need to get rid of them if you want to get the channel monetized. However, you cannot just delete everything, upload a new video and get monetization approved. You will need to establish a strong track record with the new videos (in terms of number of videos uploaded, the watch hours for those videos the and subscribers gained from those videos). Also bear in mind that if you delete videos, the watch hours of those videos will still show up in analytics and you will still be able to apply for a review, but it is the watch hours of the non-deleted videos that will be examined during the monetization review. Similarly if almost all of your subscribers came from your deleted content, you will need to establish that your new content is also attracting subscribers.

4.4 Start another channel

In a lot of a cases I have seen, channels with a lot of views and subscribers would basically have to delete everything and start from scratch. There is no guarantee that if you delete everything and reload new content that your new content will be successful. You may simply end up sacrificing your popular videos for nothing. It might make more sense to leave that successful channel alone and start a new one. Who knows? Perhaps in future, YouTube will relax its monetization rules and the old channel will be monetizable again.

4.5 Simply forget about monetization

That is one option. You can either forget about money entirely and just work on videos for fun or you can look for sponsors and try to take advantage of crowdfunding (e.g., Patreon).

~by longzijun


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70 thoughts on “YouTube: Reused Content and Monetization

  1. Thank you Longzijun. I appreciate your sharing.
    I have one question if you could answer it.

    The CPM rate of a video? Does it depend on the quality of the views? That means the ads will display more on the video with higher watch time, higher engagement rate, or the same as for any view?

  2. Interesting article, thank you!! And what about no copyright music channels using creative commons tracks? According to what you’re saying they are in the first category “Duplication not involving copyright issues”. I see many of them on YouTube and they are monetized. Why should YouTube refuse to monetize small channels then? It would be really unfair. Or do you think that soon or later, YouTube will demonetize those channels?

    • As for the no-copyright music channels, I doubt new channels specializing in that will get monetization approved (unless they really work on the visual elements–so that the the original visual footage they produce is worth monetizing).

      What about the existing big channels? That’s a good question. Maybe YouTube will demonetize all of them or maybe they well selectively allow some of them to remain monetized based on some criteria (e.g., how well established the channel is). That latter option may seem unfair, but that is the way the world works. When a company has to cut staff, for example, it will often adopt a last-hired-first-fired policy.

  3. Very interesting article. I just got demonetized for duplication without copyright issues. How do you even identify the videos when you have over 1000 videos?

    • hey bro did you managed to find a way to identify which video among your large number of videos caused reused content demonitization? Is there a tool or anything?

  4. Hello, I own a trap music channel with subs 105K and recently i got demonetized by duplication but i really dont know what dat mean since none of youtube wanted to explain me something or the video duplicated, can u pls give me more info and help me out to solve this big issues since i just re-applied and i dont want to be declined ? My channel its about to promote artists and i create one daily mix with ncs music 90% of the time and even with copyrighted only when they allow me to use it, now my 3 big issues are :

    1) i am promoting music which other channel promote and dats why i got demonetized for duplication ? the video, spectrum and image ofc are different from the others publishers

    2) in my mixes i am usually using the songs i got by submission 50% and the other 50% i type on youtube ncs trap and i pick what i think fit better for the mix ? is this a possibile reason i got demonetized for since the video are already on youtube ?

    3)Before i had like 1000 mixes and songs and i used multiple times the same songs in more mixes its a valuable reason to get demonetized and to be the main problem ? now i am producing mixes but all different from them and none a single track used 2 times.

    In your opinion do i have any chance to get monetization back ?

    Best Regards & wish u the best , thank you for your time !

  5. Hi, I got the same problem as P.R on 24 Sep, I’m not sure what happen because I didn’t have any strike from copyright issue, but I indeed have one similar video which I was made it wrong and I upload another video with a little bit changes, however, I just private the old one and let it there, I suspect that was the only reason make the system think it is a duplication maybe?

    Besides, as I checked the internet, people said they will get an email from youtube if they are demonetized with reason, however, I didn’t get this email, do you think it’s a wrong determination from the changing of the algrithom of youtube?

  6. How would you explain Twitch Streams Compilation videos like Pan PUBG.
    Would uploading different parts of different streamers be acceptable for monetisation? Cause they pretty much have like 4-5 ads in their videos.

    I also noticed some Gaming Channels with little to NO commentary that I believe they got approved this year. You think YouTube is making some exceptions? or just breaking their own rules

    • Gaming channels are THE big mystery at the moment. They don’t seem to have been affected by large-scale ‘duplication’ demonetizations…yet. The only guess I can make is that the status quo likely won’t last. There are simply too many really small channels (in terms of viewership) uploading massive amounts of long videos. One possible solution would be tightening up monetization requirements in order to deter people who start channels hoping to earn easy money. Another way would be to do what Vimeo did and implement storage quotas and paid storage plans.

  7. You are scaring me now, Longzijun!

    My channel is based on hypnotherapy audio of my own composition, Brainwave Entrainment of my own composition (the least numerous of my videos), and Ambient Music of my own composition. I use stock footage for the visuals. Are you telling me I am going to be demonetized for Duplication also?

    As stock media is the backbone of the mainstream broadcast industry (you should have a look at how many times National Geographic and BBC Worldwide Nature footage is recycled in their own documentaries), this looks to me as though YouTube through the auspices of Adsense, is trying to say it is better than the mainstream broadcast industry and also Hollywood. And if that is true, then YouTube may well be shooting itself in both virtual feet.


    • A few ambient music + stock video/photo channels have already been demonetized, so there definitely is some risk for your channel. The most popular video on my own music channel uses a visualizer for the visuals, so there is some risk for my own channel as well. You will have to decide whether to rethink your video production workflow.

  8. No good camera and no budget for same…hmmm. I have no intention whatsoever of putting my face to the camera either. So there is no rethinking to be done. The channel will stand or fall on the current production workflow.

    I’m not using the stock “as is” anymore either. I am compositing in transparency, which may help. You didn’t speak to my theory on YouTube now thinking it is better than the mainstream broadcast/movie studio industry; and I’d very much like your opinion here.

    If my channel gets demonetized, I most likely won’t cease posting, but I will certainly drop the rate on same. I have other outlets which though they don’t offer monetization, will welcome more content from me. There are also some up and coming platforms which will offer monetization in future, based not on ads, but on Blockchain technology; these may be a better monetization bet.

    Time will tell…


    • I disagree with that theory.

      I think YouTube was just being naive when they opened monetization up to everyone. They probably thought monetizing videos would lead to huge improvements in the quality of content. They made matters worse by rewarding frequent uploading with higher rankings in search and recommendation results.

      As a result, they got buried in an avalanche of people trying to earn money via the least amount of effort and skill. They were buried in a deluge of learn colors videos, Elsa and Spider-man videos, public domain film channels and poorly made top ten videos (which tend to use stock footage). My take is that they are now simply trying to undo their mistakes by removing the incentive to produce quick and cheap videos (I’m not saying yours are that; I am just referring to those easy-money channels).

      I don’t think YouTube would have any issue whatsoever with people using stock footage or Creative Commons material or public domain footage if it weren’t for all the channels producing low quality videos using such assets.

  9. I post videos about how to use different types of software then I post the videos together as a full tutorial. So there will be maybe three videos step 1,2,3 then a video with them all together. Maybe I add transitions and cutoff some outros, but most of videos 1,2,3 remain in the all together video.

    I don’t want to get hit with a duplication strike. To me, these are useful on their own and then useful in a different way when cobbled together into one video.

    • It may be useful, but it may also harm your monetization chances. If you are patient, you might want keep using that format. If your monetization application is unsuccessful (or if your already-monetized channel is demonetized), you can consider removing the duplicated content and re-applying. (There is no strike).

  10. My channel got demonetized too on august 25th. My channel name is “Roll Media 2”.
    I make music cover videos performed by Street Musicians, I always share revenue for the musician,
    I read somewhere that Music Cover is allowed to monetize.
    Why do you think my channel got demonetized then??? Can you help me to identify my channel, please???

    • Well…that is a great channel, but videos of other people’s concerts and live performances will definitely lead to monetization problems.

      Music covers can be monetized if you are the one doing the cover (which you are not) or if the cover artist is doing the song specifically for your channel (e.g., many of the video on the Kurt Hugo Schneider channel are like this). You don’t really have that kind of channel.

      The solution would be rather complicated. You could form an official collective (a kind of artists’ organization) and the channel would then represent all the artists who actually belong to the collective (and only those artists).

  11. If this is really true then what about all the compilation channels that still have ads? Just to name a few – Nice Channel, MrMrMike1337, Moto Madness, I’veGOT7, LOFE, Funny Vines, The Best Fails, Tiger Funnies, Life Awesome, and who knows how many others still have monetization even after reposting the same existing videos from other channels.

    • Those channels have not been reviewed yet and will likely be demonetized later. Any channels, like my own, which already met the minimum watch hours and subscriber requirements when the new policy came into effect in December 2017 have not had to go through the monetization review process. We simply carried on monetizing our videos. However, all channels will be looked at eventually (though it will probably take a few years for that to happen).

      If you have a new channel and you are just mainly doing compilations, your channel will not be able to pass the review process. It’s as simple as that.

  12. I find it difficult to believe Youtube has not had the time to review compilation channels with millions of subscribers and views because those would be the easiest to find. If they lost monetization, then Youtube would be losing millions of dollars too. I think Youtube just gives the older channels a pass because they were made before the rules changed like you said.

    • The priority has been on reviewing new channels (that are just now meeting the minimum criteria of subs and watch hours). Even so, some newer channels have already been waiting for nine to ten months for a review. If YouTube reviewed the channels that already met the criteria first (and there are a lot more of those), the new channels would be waiting a few years to get their channels reviewed.

      • This is a very comprehensive post – thank you. I think you’ve scared a lot of people, but it’s best to be honest so that people can plan and adjust accordingly.

        What I currently do is take creative commons videos that only appear in English (and only have English captions), and re-upload them with various different language captions, and perhaps most importantly, with new voiceover (of whatever language the video is being created in).

        Hence I might have essentially the same video posted 10 times on my channel, but with each one appealing to a different audience based on the language of the voiceover which is native to them.

        Whilst I’m currently monetised, might this be considered repetitive content (be it because they are based off a CC video, or because of the repeat posts)…OR…would this be seen to be providing enough change and value add per video to be ok?

        Many thanks, and thanks once agin for such a comprehensive post.


    • Those kinds of channels will likely not get monetization approved. The guy is even sitting there eating. What kind of insightful commentary is he going to be giving?

  13. Hi Longzijun, it would be great if you check my channel : Since i agree these are third party content mostly i use Russian Vines and my channel dont have a single copyright claim, also always used free stock music. I got two times monetization disapproved. First received several 7-8 payments from YouTube then they demonetized. Please guide me what can i do to get Monetization back on my channel.

    Lovely Life Vines

    • I don’t think that is going to be possible. Basically, your channel is completely ‘re-used content’. You can re-apply and hope you get some luck, but if you are looking for monetization, you will basically need to start from scratch with another channel idea–one with more original content.

      One thing you should do ASAP is to get rid of the tags in your video descriptions. If that gets reported, you may end up with the channel being terminated.

  14. Hi Longzijun Thank you for this great post.
    I have a Joke Channel for Kids (20K subs) I post new videos twice a week. But every month (last Sunday of the month) I make a recompilation of those videos (which I originally made with my voice, graphics, etc..) and create a big video. Do you think this can be a problem for demonetization due reuse my own content?

    • Thank you. You are such a great guy. Please what is your recommendations for me to be monetized? I have my news blog which I don’t used.
      Also, I have a friend who has been monetized doing what am doing. Kindly advised. Thanks

    • The channel looks mostly OK but there are some possible issues:
      (1) It is not clear who shot the videos (if you shot them , you should mention it in the descriptions)
      (2) Videos of street performers have potential issues (do you have written permission from them to upload AND monetize the videos?).
      (3) In general when you publish videos of people–and they are important parts of the video–and want to commercialize the video, you should get written consent.
      (4) The fighting bear video could be considered to be showing animal cruelty.
      (5) The way you title some of the videos. it is not clear whether your video is documenting a horse sale or is actually selling the horse (actual sales advertisements would not be allowed)
      (6) Sometimes your video descriptions are more like tags (e.g., Maan Stud Farm Colt Mare Stallion For Sale : Muktsar Horse market 2019 – Muktsar Horse Fair 2019 : ਮੁਕਤਸਰ ਘੋੜਾ ਮਾਰਕੀਟ 2019 ਮੇਲਾ ਮਾਘੀ Mela Maghi Indian Marwari Horse Mela Fair घोड़ा बाजार मंडी) than descriptions. Putting tags in the description is not allowed.

      So…there are a lot of potential issues there.

      • Hi Longzijun
        Thank you for clearing my confusion . Your reply will help me a lot. And I am highly obliged to you.
        My channel has been demonetized due to reused content . I read different literature related to this on net . Accordingly I am removing some video and editing some videos .
        Things I have done to make them comply with the guidelines are as follows:
        1- I removed Wikipedia material which I had copied verbatim.
        2- I had used same description on the horse sale videos , now I have changed the description according to that particular video.
        3- I am changing the title as you said.
        4- I am mentioning that I have shot the video , the location & date of shoot , camera model I used,
        Please See the description in this video
        Still I am confused about some videos.
        Some things I need to know about my some most viewed videos .
        1- In this video , I have used the background audio which I downloaded from OTHER channel YouTube videos converting it into mp3 . Is it considered reused content ?

        2- In this video , I have used gif , sound , pic , from OTHER sites . Is it considered reused content ?

        3- In this video , I have shown highlights of fair and I have used clips from my own videos which I have uploaded on the same channel BUT WITH DIFFERENT TITLES & OBJECTIVES – Like – horse race event & horse ring show . Is it considered reused content ?

        ( There are many videos like these which I have mentioned above , Please , please, please , if you solve my problems , many confusions will be resolved )
        Please solve my problems
        My channel URL is
        Thank you for the assistance
        sanjeev Kumar Gupta

        • 1. Yes. That video gives no indication that you have the right to use it in your own videos.
          2. Possibly-as the overall quality of the compositing is a little low and the usage rights of the third party content is not clear. You are providing commentary
          3. It may be. I would avoid doing that.

  15. Hi longzijun,
    I read your post and i found all the points helpful but I have a doubt about gameplay with no commentary there are few channels I saw which are monetised with no commentary is it because they are old channels if so
    There is no chance for monetisation for gameplay with no commentary
    Can you please take a look at my channel and give your thoughts
    also I didn’t apply for monetisation yet I want to make sure my channel is perfect
    Your thoughts would help me alot
    Thank you

  16. Hi Longzijun, I read the content of your article here. You did a great job on doing this, since you help a lot of youtubers. My channel currently under review I hope you can help me, I just want to ask if there is a chance for me to get approved on monetisation. My content is vlog and tutorials.
    —- However, I have 1 video which has a copyright claim, and the claimant already running ads on it. Should I delete that video for me to get approved?
    —- by the way my channel just got reviewed on May 26. So it’s already been 1 week,
    —- also the remaining watch hours needed for me to get reviewed came from that video the one that has claim. Because it went viral. Please, kindly check my channel if you have spare time on what I can do, I really need your expert opinion on this, so I can act ASAP, I’m thinking deleting that video, but if that happen I will surely need to gather watch hour, again. what are your views on this. This is my channel:
    Hoping for your kind response.
    Thank you

    • That channel is not going to be monetizable anytime soon. If you delete the video, you lose the watch hours (and won’t pass the review). If you leave the video up, the channel won’t pass the review.

      By the way, it is against the rules to put tags in the description–that can lead to a channel termination.

      So…the first thing to do is fix the video descriptions (before your channel gets terminated). The next thing–if you want monetization–is to get rid of the copyright-infringing video and build up your channel normally.

  17. Hello, i read whole the article you wrote. Please can you check my channel and tell me if there can be any problem for monetization. I used Copyright free videos( cc by ). Which YouTube itself says you can you.. how your
    views differs in this regard??? Please

    I am waiting for your reply.

  18. Hello, i read whole the article you wrote. Please can you check my channel and tell me if there can be any problem for monetization. I used Copyright free videos( cc by ). Which YouTube itself says you can you.. how your
    views differs in this regard??? Please

    I am waiting for your reply.
    My channel

    • It’s possible but not likely. This kind of fair-use-style-information channel is finding it difficult to get monetized.

      The main issues would be:
      1. The visuals–which are basically all third-party content.
      2. The quality. At the moment, the quality is not totally there. The script has grammar errors, the narration is difficult to understand. There is nothing special with the editing/transitions.
      3. The content. Some of the topics have already been done in many other videos (e.g., do hair and nails grow after death). The content is not very unique.

      If you are going for a fair use style channel, you can try monetizing it, but in my opinion, you will have to work on the quality (make it better) and content (make it more unique). And even then, there is no guarantee the channel will get monetized (because you are relying a lot on third-party content)..

  19. Please can you identify me the grammatical mistakes? It would be helpful… And you said the narration is not easy to understand, plz give me some tips for the narration!
    Thank you and waiting for the reply.

  20. hello dear i create kids color learning and drawing by video scribe software and in backgroud use copyright free music please tell me i am eligible or not?

  21. Hi longzijun,

    I read the content of your article. I want to ask you why my channel has been Demonetize ?

    Channel URL :

    okay now Answer me why this all channels (Links Given Below) are running fine without any problem. some of channel just re-uploding videos without any editing since 2 years they are fine to monetize.


    And Many More channels are doing same thing but youtube never demonetize this all channels. then why mine ? whats im doing wrong ?

    This all channels never show their face on any video. Never given any type of commentary in nay video just and just re-uploading nothing else.

    I hope you will give me best answer

    Thank You.

    • You can only worry about your own channel. The graphics all seem to be third party content, so that is going to cause problems. Also, in the video I saw of yours, your description contains tags. This is not allowed (it is considered spam). If you are violating policy, that is definitely not going to help your monetization application.

  22. I am not Expecting this answer from you (You can only worry about your own channel) I just need answer. so i can assume youtube doing partiality with their creators.

    and about the graphics its all purchased and i have licence to use it commercially. So its not be a problem for monetization.

    And about description its my fault i will change it

    Thanks For the Reply

  23. Hi longzijun,
    could you please answer me this question
    This is my channel

    i been uploading lyrics video’s, now i have started to upload creative common music hours of mix
    and am planning on removing the previous copyright claimed music’s if i can get approved using CC music


    • It would be very unlikely that such a channel would get monetized. Chilledcow has that format, but it is an old channel that would have been monetized before the new rules and it would have been grandfathered in.

  24. Today My channel :
    Got rejected for Re-used content. i am really very sad after got this mail. Because in my channel all videos are created by me. And i am also appearing on screen. i am doing Reaction videos. you can check my videos. but after this all still i rejected WHY ?

    i seen many channels ( who daily re-uploading other creators videos. but they are fine to monetize. then why not Me?

    i need clear answer what’s wrong in my channel.

    • It looks like you are using too much third party content in at least some videos and not providing enough original content. As you point out in your own description, non-profit use tips the balance in favor of fair use. However, monetization is for-profit use. Also in some videos, the titles or thumbnails are spammy (e.g., doing this mantra every morning can cure all disease).

  25. Is online lectures like law related or certain subject not favored for monetization?
    Any tips on what video software to use, to avoid being disapproved bcoz content is auto generated..

    Lectures with many text are not favored?

    • Avoid mature content (for viewers over 18), outlandish health tips (e.g., ‘Drink this every day to lose 10 kg’), scammy finance videos (e.g., bitcoin schemes), religion and political conflict. Top ten channels are quite difficult to monetize unless there is a lot of analysis. Don’t use free software that leaves a watermark. Don’t use animation/whiteboard software–like Doodly–that makes heavy use of templates.

  26. Thank you sir, can you suggest an animation or whiteboard software that i can use that will not be violative of youtube policy..

    How bout the video editor can you suggest something without the watermark that are goog to use in mobile and also one on PC.thanks

    • Whiteboard animations are not going to get monetized, so you can basically forget about that. For the video editor, there are many options (cheap to expensive). You just need to find one to meet your budget. (There is a free one I tried that is really high quality–Davinci Resolve–but it needs a fast, powerful computer. My own computers can’t handle it). iMovie is fine. Windows Movie Maker is free but is very limited in terms of functions), I don’t know anything about video editing program for mobile phones (I always use a desktop).

  27. Im also an instructor, i would like to post my lectures done in class, with a video preview of me discussing the slides..but im reading that powerpoint slides are not allowed.. is this kind of lectures not monetizable?any suggestions ..thanks

    • If you are just showing the slides, it would not be monetizable. If you are showing yourself standing there talking and presenting with the slides in the background, that may be OK (depending on the quality of the video/content). However, if you are working for an institution/company, you should also check to see if your contract allows you to earn money in that way.

  28. Thank you so much! I’m glad I founnd your website about reused content. There was alot of stuff I did wrong on my channel and had no idea. I put 2 years into that channel got 1010 subscribers and 9400 watch time hours. I had alot of reused content and they shot me down. And when I deleted all the videos that was a issue, i only had 383 watchtime hours. so I left the channel up and started fresh. My channel was Tinkies Universal Kingdom. People are still watching it which is nice but not like it was before. I had a video up by a famous DJ called DJ Cassidy and it blew my channel up with views. that was the main video that stopped me from monizing amongst other things I did wrong but my fault, I should’ve did better research! So now Im just doing my own content and hopefully its good enough Thank You!

    I have a question, Wouldn’t these dos and donts be the same thing? If im using someones else video no matter what im doing with it, Im still promoting that persons video dont you think? It sound contradictory to me!

    his is a DO
    Clips of others people’s content as part of a critical review
    A funny or thoughtful revision of content you didn’t originally create
    Reaction videos where you comment on the original video

    This is the Don’t
    Promotion of other people’s content (even if you have their permission)

    These is some of the reasons I didnt get monitozed, it just bacially telling me I had reused content even with my own content I created! But Thank you this website is a blessing for people like me wanting to do the right thing on youtube!
    Thank you for creating this website. And Im sharing your website on my video on Youtube. Thank you much!

    • No, I don’t think that, this is because a lot of the time, the uploader shows so much of the original video that it removes the incentive or need for people to see the original video. Therefore, the ‘promotion’ can have the opposite effect.

  29. hello Longzijun, thanks a lot for the comprehensive guide about Reused Content. There must be a lot of confusion between the Copyrights policy and Reused Content policy. You elaborated it very nicely. ;)

    Just curious, recently there are a lot of new channels published scenery clips which consists a compilation of stock video into a 4k format + relaxing music as background music. some E.g below:

    These video creation are violating the Reused Content policy, please correct me if I’m wrong?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Its not a ‘violation’ Such channels, however, are very unlikely to pass a monetization review, especially if both elements–visual and audio–are borrowed. Also, bear in mind that YouTube is now putting ads on all videos (not just on monetized channels).

  30. Hi Longzijun.

    Thanks so much for this extensive, in-depth article.

    It obviously took a lot of effort.

    Please could you check out my channel :

    Naturally, I got monetization disapproved.

    Please what do you think I can do to get such a channel monetized?

    Or should I just forget about monetization?


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