YouTube Says “No” To Duplicate Content

As part of an effort to more strictly regulate YouTube, Google quietly announced that its cracking down on duplicate YouTube videos. They says that they’ve removed many channels from the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), and that creators have a 30 day window to reapply. Youtube isn’t just targeting copyright issues, as they claim they’re looking to remove spam automated content. This includes straight up re-uploads that don’t violate the law, but don’t add any new content to the video.


YouTube describes the type of content in violation of its policies as:

  • Appearing to be automatically generated.
  • Pulled from third party sources with no content or narrative added by the creator.
  • Uploaded many times by multiple users and you’re not the original uploader.
  • Uploaded in a way that is trying to get around our copyright tools.

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What Is Duplicate Content?

Duplicate content is content which appears in more than one location on the Internet.

Duplicate content issues occur when more than two pages, each with a significant percentage of the same content as the other(s), are openly available on the web and thus available for a search engine spider to crawl.

Quite simply its two or more web pages on the same or different domain, which mostly have the same information.

Best practices to apply when uploading content on YouTube:

Tips to prevent blocking of your channel by YouTube:

  • Include your commentary or presence in the videos that you add.
  • Create a link from your website to the YouTube channel. Also, you can add the link in your bio.
  • Give information about your work in the video as well as in the description.
  • You must make sure that the content you add is in accordance with the policies set out by AdSense, Community Guidelines, and the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).


Effective Quality Control by Youtube:

The most interesting thing here is that the type of duplicate content YouTube is cracking down on isn’t even necessarily based on copyright issues. In fact, YouTube explicitly says that “even if you have licenses to use the content or your videos are protected by copyright laws, such as fair use,” you can still be removed from the Partner Program for uploading content to your channel that you don’t add to. With this, YouTube is effectively doing some quality control.

Earlier this year, YouTube sparked some controversy within the Creator world by changing its requirements for Partner eligibility. Channels should have at least 1,000 subscribers annually. And also at least 4,000 viewed hours over the past 12 months. With this latest update, YouTube is making it clear that it’s only looking for original content.


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