Youtube is now updating the YouTube Terms of Service (‘Terms’) to clarify their terms and provide transparency to their users. The Terms were similarly updated in the United States in November 2020. These changes shouldn’t significantly alter your access or use of the YouTube service.
A summary of the changes:
- Facial recognition restrictions: The Terms of Service already state that you cannot collect any information that might identify a person without their permission. While this has always included facial recognition information, the new Terms make that explicitly clear.
- YouTube’s right to monetize: YouTube has the right to monetize all content on the platform, and ads may appear on videos from channels, not in the YouTube Partner Programme.
- Royalty payments and tax withholding: For creators entitled to revenue payments, such payments will be treated as royalties from a US tax perspective, and Google will withhold taxes where required by law.
These YouTube terms also include:
What’s in these Terms?
This index is design to help you navigate our Terms of Service (Terms). We hope this serves as a useful guide, but please ensure you read the Terms in full.
Welcome to YouTube!
This section outlines our relationship with you. It includes a description of the Service, defines our Agreement, and names your service provider.
Who May Use the Service?
This section sets out certain requirements for use of the Service, and defines categories of users.
Your Use of the Service
This section explains your rights to use the Service, and the conditions that apply to your use of the Service. It also explains how we may make changes to the Service.
Your Content and Conduct
This section applies to users who provide Content to the Service. It defines the scope of the permissions that you grant by uploading your Content, and includes your agreement not to upload anything that infringes on anyone else’s rights.
Account Suspension and Termination
This section explains how you and YouTube may terminate this relationship.
About Software in our Service
This section includes details about software on the Service.
Other Legal Terms
This section includes our service commitment to you. It also explains that there are some things we will not be responsible for.
About this Agreement
This section includes some further important details about our contract, including what to expect if we need to make changes to these Terms; or which law applies to them.
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