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January 27, 2007

YouTube Will Allow Revenue Sharing

BBC reports that YouTube will allow revenue sharing, but only for uncopyrighted videos.

YouTube founder Chad Hurley confirmed to the BBC that his team was working on a revenue-sharing mechanism that would "reward creativity".

The system would be rolled out in a couple of months, he said, and use a mixture of adverts, including short clips shown ahead of the actual film.

The system should be launched after YouTube manages to develop the content identification software that will "scan a digital file, such as an MP3 or video, and compare the electronic fingerprints to databases of copyright material". This way they'll be able to see if a video uses copyrighted material or if it's just a duplicate of another video.

{ Thank you, Adam. }


  1. The title is misleading.
    Maybe you meant to say "only for videos for which you own the copyright" ?

  2. If it is only for uncopyrighted works, no Americans will be able to participate, since Everything written in the US is automatically copyrighted...

    Now, if it is for works you own the copyright on, that is a whole different story.

    Actually just giving you a hard time. Seems like a good program to me, just wonder how much revenue they are willing to split with the content creator. I

  3. I think this is a way for Google to appreciate their user base. On my blog post yesterday at, I've mentioned that Google must have made this decision and this is just going to add more pressure on other social networks to share revenue. It does not have to be Video sharing but it could be sites like digg.

  4. I can't understand this.............

    Some people said that YouTube ready to pay for every uploaded video but Now YouTube integrated with Google AdSense.

    i think YouTube changed their revenue sharing method. That is why AdSense started YouTube Video Ads.