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Youtube Policy Primer

A policy primer for YouTubes Terms of Service which was last updated 9th June 2010.
Written for assignment 3, Information Politics and Power 303.

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Youtube Policy Primer

  1. 1. YouTube Terms of Service By E Sutton     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  2. 2. “24 hours worth of video content is uploaded to YouTube per minute” (“YouTube – YouTube Fact Sheet”, 2010) “2 billion videos viewed a day” (“YouTube – YouTube Fact Sheet”, 2010) Out of that how many users do YOU think view YouTube's Terms of Service (TOS)?     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  3. 3. Did you know... You don't even have to visit the YouTube website to be legally bound by its TOS?     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  4. 4. By accessing YouTube content such as... TEXT  Text  Graphics  Audio  Video  Scripts “and other materials you may Comments  view on, access through, or contribute to the Service” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010)     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  5. 5. and using their “Service” which includes “... all aspects of YouTube, including but not limited to all products, software and services offered via the YouTube website, such as the YouTube channels, the YouTube "Embeddable Player," the YouTube "Uploader" and other applications.” (“YouTube – Terms of Service,” 2010) So whether you heard it on an iphone, saw a video on their website, an embedded video on a blog, or in a slideshow...     Image from Microsoft Clipart
  6. 6. Your agreement is implied without ever having to have sighted the YouTube TOS because... “We provide these Terms of Service with our Service so that you know what terms apply to your use.” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) By viewing a video or uploading content you have acknowledged “that we have given you a reasonable opportunity to review these Terms of Service and that you have agreed to them.” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010)     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  7. 7. You also agree that you are: Over the age of 18 OR have your parents/guardians  consent AND That you are able to understand and agree to abide  by the conditions set out within the TOS If you are under 13 YouTube isn't suitable for you!     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  8. 8. So what are you agreeing to? When you click 'I agree', you agree to comply with the following: YouTube's Terms of Service agreement YouTube's privacy notice and YouTube's Community Guidelines So you're agreeing to not only one document... but THREE!     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  9. 9. Alright... so it's a bit more complex than you thought. What about my YouTube account? “You are solely responsible for the activity that occurs on your account” (“YouTube – Terms of Service,” 2010) And should your account be hacked... “Although YouTube will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for the losses of YouTube or others due to such unauthorized use.” (“YouTube – Terms   of Service,” 2010)   Images from Microsoft Clipart
  10. 10. And what YouTube gives, YouTube can take... If you don't play by YouTube's rules. Your account can be  TERMINATED or your content deleted at the discretion of YouTube at ANY time without prior notice.     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  11. 11. The rules of play - Part 1 You cannot:  Modify or alter any functionalityor  Sell access to YouTube or its aspect of YouTube or its Service content  Access YouTube via any means  Collect any personal information other than the way they want you from YouTube to use to view it commercially  “circumvent, disable or otherwise  Sell advertising space on Youtube interfere with security-related features of the Service” (“YouTube -  Use a video on YouTube to sell an Terms of Service,” 2010) item (without other information  Use bots or automated systems to sources) access YouTube without prior permission     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  12. 12. The rules of play - Part 2 These two are REALLY IMPORTANT. You cannot: ● “copy, reproduce, make available online or electronically transmit, publish, adapt, <­­­ This is theft! distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) ● “... submit to the Service any Content or other material that is contrary to the While this could result in the  ­­­> YouTube Community Guidelines, ... or termination of your account  contrary to applicable local, national, and or, depending on what you post,  international laws and regulations.” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) you could end up in goal.     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  13. 13. You can however... Open a YouTube account Access the YouTube service and its content Comment, rate, like, dislike and subscribe to videos Upload original content Maintain a YouTube channel Use the Embeddable player on your blog (if you play by the rules)     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  14. 14. Of course you need to remember... You are “solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Content on the Service” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010). You also need to remember to respect Copyright laws and not publish or use content that is not your own unless you have permission to use it. YouTube takes copyright very seriously and will terminate users who breach copyright law. If unsure don't submit it!     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  15. 15. Also by agreeing to this TOS... You need to be aware that you keep ownership of the content you create  but by letting YouTube host it you:  “grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010). To do almost what ever they want with your content, “including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010)     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  16. 16. More license information By submitting Content to YouTube you also give each user “a non- exclusive license to access your Content through the Service” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) and use it within the limitations of Youtube TOS and the services available on its website. If you delete your content the license ceases within “a  commercially reasonable time”  (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) however YouTube still has the right to “retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of your videos that have been removed or deleted”   (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010)     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  17. 17. You know when something is REALLY important because... It's written mostly in CAPITALS and becomes almost invisible to the reader. Just like YouTube's Warranty Disclaimer, Limitation of Liability and Indemnity clauses. But of course anything that dense, difficult and off putting must have something meaningful and legally binding to say... so here follows the shortened version.     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  18. 18. Use of YouTube, its content and service, will be at your own risk. “TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) YouTube is not liable for almost anything, including links and content, provided via their service. It doesn't matter if it is inaccurate, defamatory, obscenities, gave your computer a virus, or there was unauthorised access to your personal information. In agreeing to the TOS you agree that YouTube bears “NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY” (“YouTube - Terms of Service,” 2010) for any of the above.     Images from Microsoft Clipart
  19. 19. And just so you know... “YouTube reserves the right to discontinue any aspect of the Service at any time.” (“YouTube – Terms of Service,” 2010)     Image from Microsoft Clipart
  20. 20. Bibliography YouTube ­ Terms of Service. (2010, June 9). Retrieved September 20, 2010,  from YouTube ­ YouTube Fact Sheet. (n.d.). Retrieved September 25, 2010, from    
  • YukiSakura

    Dec. 5, 2013

A policy primer for YouTubes Terms of Service which was last updated 9th June 2010. Written for assignment 3, Information Politics and Power 303.


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