As I have several videos on YouTube that have received several thousand views each, and as I have a degree in Film I was quite interested to hear that YouTube now offers a partner program that allows you to earn revenue from the videos you make and upload.
My excitement was tempered slightly however when I read the terms. They are as follows:
- You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
No problem, all of my videos are original and they’ve been streamed on YouTube and Google video for some time now.
- You own the copyrights and distribution rights for all audio and video content that you upload — no exceptions.
Yeah, all of my videos are original. This is all sounding good so far.
- You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.
Again no problem. I’ve had videos with tens of thousands of views each.
- You live in the United States or Canada.
You fuckers. Why restrict this to US and Canadian residents? My videos are watched by people all over the world, where I live is irrelevant.
So you see, once again a great opportunity to make money online is denied the UK public because we’re not Americans. Wake up Google and realise that people live outside of the USA.