How To Monetize YouTube Videos Legally 2017

How To Monetize YouTube Videos Legally 2017

You put your YouTube channel at risk every time you upload a video with media you don’t own the copyrights to. But, here is your guide for how to minimize that risk in 2017.

Using copyrighted music, movies and video games on YouTube has always created challenges for creators facing potential content id claims and copyright strikes.

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Can you be sued for using copyrighted material? Yes, but it’s not very likely as long as you follow YouTube policies and laws governing its use.

What’s the first thing I should do when starting my channel?

Answer: Instead of asking “what?’ Ask “why?” Why do you want to start a YouTube Gaming Channel?

Next, I recommend you do some heavy research to ensure you are making content that people want to see. You can have the greatest value proposition in the world along with the most professionally produced content and still not get many viewers or subscribers if you are making content that nobody wants.


Does allow gameplay uploads and monetization?

Answer: Everything I know on this subject can be found at

What do I need to send to YouTube when I get a Content ID Claim or if they ask me to prove that I have permission from the copyright owner to upload copyrighted gameplay material?

Answer: The best information you can send YouTube is the actual permission language written by a copyright owner’s legal team. Some developers and publishers are awesome enough to publish this on their website (Activision-Blizzard, Microsoft, etc.). When they do, copy and paste the pertinent language as well as the link to the page where it’s published into YouTube’s form. When copyright owners don’t publish it, you can do one of four things:

1. Ask the copyright owner to send it to you in writing on their letterhead (email won’t suffice)

2. Ask the copyright owner to publish permissions on their website

3. Dispute the claim stating that you have permission and the name of the person that sent it to you

4. Do not dispute and leave your video un-monetized.

How do other channels seem to get away with monetizing videos that YouTube won’t let me monetize?

Answer: There are many reasons why this may be the case. They may have contact with the copyright owner that you do not have. They may be a managed partner at an MCN and thus not scrutinized as severely when it comes to monetizing their work. It may not be THEM that’s monetized the video as the copyright owner could have claimed it and monetized it themselves.

Do my gaming videos have to include commentary for me to upload and monetize them?

Answer: This varies from copyright owner to copyright owner. Mojang (Minecraft), for example, require that you add something to your videos to make them your own. Other copyright owners do not enforce similar standards. Just be careful if you choose to go the “no commentary” route as YouTube may consider the video to be in breach of Fair Use and YouTube standards.

Can I upload and monetize game footage from really old games?

Answer: I think what you all really meant to ask here was, “do I still have to get permission to upload video game footage from really old games?” The answer is, “maybe.” If your video adhere’s to YouTube’s policy outlined here, then you probably don’t need to get explicit permission. But, having permission is always a plus if you are a new channel and YouTube’s “trust” algorithm is still feeling out your content.

Can I upload gameplay videos if I don’t monetize them?

Answer: Maybe. In short, monetizing and uploading are two separate issues. Your videos have to meet certain requirements whether you monetize them or not. YouTube’s policy for uploading and monetizing without explicit permission is found here. You can also check out my Can You Upload Videos Using Copyrighted Material if I Don’t Monetize them video below.

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13 thoughts on “How To Monetize YouTube Videos Legally 2017

  1. thank you so much for the update. you’re a good person, doing the right thing is always the right thing

  2. Anyone know why i cant monetize a short video, is there a time after which you can made Monetization i have one less then ten mins and it say you cant monetize ??? any help please !!! and if you want to help a small and you wana find out about a little island in Europe…watch my channel…many thanks

  3. please help!
    im elligible for monetization!..
    (screen says)
    Monetization You disabled monetization on your account in your monetization settings. Re-enable monetization

    so i clink on Re-enable monetization
    then it says…

    Account Status

    To earn money from your videos, you need an AdSense account.
    Set up AdSense

    i click on the blue button…

    next screen reads…

    You will be redirected to AdSense to link your existing AdSense account or create a new one if you do not have one yet. Once you have completed this process, you will be redirected back to YouTube.

    i click next…
    next screen says…

    You are currently signed in as Would you like to use this account to sign up for AdSense? Whichever account you choose will be used to log in to your new AdSense account.
    If you’re already an AdSense publisher, you must sign in with the Google Account that you use to access your AdSense account.

    so my gmail i assume is same as my youtube channel name…( i would not have made it any differnt)

    so i click on the blue button that says YES…
    i go ahead and log in…

    it says..

    You are currently signed into the Google Account, which is either not an active AdSense account, or still pending an approval. This account cannot be used to monetize your content.
    To sign in to your existing AdSense account, visit
    i come to a screen that reads…

    Thank you for your continued interest in AdSense. Unfortunately, we were unable to approve your initial application. To resubmit your application, complete the fields below.

    For your application to be successful, make sure you’ve resolved the issues described in the disapproval email we sent you:
    (i dont rember getting a emial)

    If your application was disapproved because it matches a currently approved AdSense account, then you must close your other account before you reapply.(what does that mean?)
    If your application was disapproved because your site doesn’t follow the AdSense program policies, then you must fix the issues with your site before you reapply.(how would i fix it)

    it shows my “website” as

    i set up add seance over 6 moths ago…how long does it take for approval?

  4. Question I’ve signed up for adsense a few weeks ago, and waiting to be monetized, I’m at 4k views and need at leaf 6k more, 2 weeks ago I was at 114 views. But some of my videos have had copyright claims, can my videos still be monetized or do I have to delete those videos with copyright claims. Because it says my channel is free from copyright strikes and community strikes so idk if its okay and if I’ll still be able to be monetized I’m so close as well.

  5. Hello I started My Gaming Channel a few days Ago I have Question When uploading a Video Game Video How do I put the Video Game in the Description Box but when I Uploads it dose not show The Game Please Help?

  6. Can you do a video on doing a movie review channels or a reactor channels ? and the copyright issues involved with that my friend. Thank you and love your vids they’re very informative.

  7. Hi I uploaded a video on fb 1 week ago and it has 8M views. People have uploaded it on YouTube and are now reacting to it. What can I do to capitalize on my video?

  8. Excellent information thanks.. As a videographer I’m driving NUTS by people trying to ask me to use music!

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