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@Leo WattenbergThanks for this very informative post.
I wanted to ask if the following three videos that I'm going to describe, are suitable to be monetized.
1.: an english translation of a scene / trailer where I'm using just a couple of screen shots of said trailer/scene
2.: an english translation of a summary of what is going to happen in the next episode with a couple of pictures that were posted on the official site of the series on instagram
3.: a "compilation" of instastories the actors posted while being on set
none of those videos have any copyright notices, strikes or claims
If the pictures are a problem in the videos where I translate stuff, could I still upload the translation without the pictures and use some copyright free pictures?

I've already tweeted team youtube but I only got a copy paste answer.
I would really appreciate if I could get a real answer to my question, because nobody could help me.

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I must say you should consider yourself lucky you got some sort of answer from YouTube, even if it was a bot.

I've been asking a similar question in various forums and nobody seems to know the answer, because when it comes to marginal issues YouTube doesn't have a policy on it and just takes decisions on the run.

In fact, I believe that most probably you'll get a strike, not because you are wrong but because the algorithm will consider it wrong, and then, getting it reviewed by a human, so youtube can make its "on-the-run-decision", might take months specially if they tell you they won't be reviewing anything till it gets 1000 views.

I wanted to take advantage of my knowledge of another language so I could show my creations to another audience, but the risk of getting strikes for duplications due to YouTubes inability to review atypical or innovative options (those out of the box) simply put me completely off.  I don't think it's worth it.  Sorry, but those are my minus 2 cents.

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On 8/29/2018 at 12:48 PM, Boss Production said:

Hi guys.

I think I got rejected by a mistake, I need someone experienced enough to tell me what should I do or what was the reason behind rejecting.

So here to begin, I upload my own content, I record with my own camera and edit videos myself. I'm doing car tutorials on my OWN car, so everything is my own, but 2 months ago I did a stupid compilation video which contained photos from google so I got demonetized due to 'duplication'. On YT forum they told me to delete that video and re-apply in 30 days, which I obviously did.

 

And today I got an e-mail from youtube telling me I got rejected and was unable to monetize due to DUPLICATION.

 

As you can check on my channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcP1QZwAdrpTzuxusdreGEg

 

every single video is fully mine, I even recorded most of my videos about my OWN car. So why are they telling me I have a duplication issue? My videos are unique and people seems to like it and find it very helpful. Also to notice, I'm very communicative and I engage with the fans, I respond to every single question and comment, and I upload very often. 

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Can anyone review this?

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Hi there.  I was a Youtube partner for approximately 9 years. My last payment was issued Jan 21, 2018 for CA$123.81.  Incidentally, I'm still owed CA$37.83.  Like many others, as of Feb 21, I no longer had the ability to monetize any of my videos, because my channel didn't meet the threshold of 1,000 subscribers (but it did meet the hours of watch time threshold).  When my channel recently met the subscriber threshold as well, it was re-evaluated, but re-approval for the Youtube partner programme was denied due to "Duplication."

I don't know what they're referring to.  Although I have a total of 34 videos on my channel (many are unlisted) many of which include copyrighted music, I'm fully aware that I'm unable to monetize those particular videos, and I have no intention of ever doing so, nor did I ever attempt to do so in the past.

There are only three videos on my channel that I had monetized.  They had been monetized for approximately 8 to 9 years without issue, and I would simply like to be able to re-monetize those, or at least the most popular of the three, which has had 1.6 million+ views.  And of course, additionally, in the future, I'd like to be able to monetize any new videos that I create, provided they meet the required standards obviously.  Are you possibly able to tell me what needs to be corrected so that my channel can be approved once again? Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/user/keltuc/videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IRdn_T2_Gg

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiH3Da5cH6I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddz5gLIxik4

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Hi... thanks a lot for posting this information. It is helpful.

Probably 8 years ago, I found a Beakman show I wanted to use for my students, so I uploaded it to my youtube channel (and forgot about it). I was monetized years ago (while that video was kept private) and others claimed copyright notices because of background music I had bought from Magnatune (which claimed to be ok for podcasting, but my podcasting server died).... anyway... I got kicked from monetization this year with the policy change... I didn't manage to get the 4k viewing hours...
I have started donig videos again and reached the limit for monetization... but I got rejected because of duplication... a couple of weeks ago, I got a message from youtube saying the beakman video was blocked worldwide as it had been found as duplicated... I deleted it prior the rejection to monetize.
Now that I got rejected I erased all the videos with copyright notice, except for one which I impugnated and I'm waiting for response... BUT! today at noon, I got the e-mail again saying my Beakman video was blocked... the same video I had already erased weeks ago. When logging into Youtube I found the video listed again, and deleted it AGAIN... with a message that I undertand the copyright notice would not be erased (?).
So, do you think I have any hopes to monetize or should I just drop the channel altogether? Will youtube rea-appear beakman's old video again in my list forever to blame me for that duplication?

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Well, I know i'm not the first and will not be the last to say that everything in my channel is ok with the guidelines youtube has. The videos are mine, the music has no copyright issues, no bait clicks or whatever that is, so... Why? If something is wrong i must know what so i can fix it. The question is youtube don't tell you that. Is there a way to contact youtube? I need help because i've been working so hard for so long and it's always the same: No monetization because...

 

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On 6/25/2018 at 7:37 AM, Leo Wattenberg said:

Duplication 🔗

If your channel is disabled for monetization because of duplication, it means that some of your content is identical with some other content on YouTube.

How to fix this?

In order to get your channel eligible for monetization again, you need to remove all duplicate content. If all your content is duplicate content, you may want to look at alternative monetization models such as Patreon or merchandise instead as deleting all your videos probably isn't going to be worth it (especially considering that you'd drop to 0 watch hours again without any videos).

@Leo Wattenberg, does deleting duplicate videos include deleting unlisted videos, and those in draft form?

On 7/2/2018 at 8:35 AM, What You Haven't Seen said:

Little did I know (until yesterday evening!) that having hundreds of public domain titles laying dormant in my video manager, as drafts from a time long in the past, could bite me. When I received the "duplication" message I was not told anything about removing content, just to keep at things and to reapply in 30 days, which I did.

I have posted well over 100 exclusive videos and my stories are routinely covered by traditional media outlets worldwide. But... the entire time I have still had hundreds of draft public domain videos sitting in my channel. I never thought to delete them; I have just been ignoring them and waiting patiently for my elusive channel re-review to finally happen / finish.

I truly appreciate your post, as last night I plowed through that content and deleted nearly 800 videos (wow), almost every one having been in draft form. While there were no copyright issues with the deleted material, I readily admit that it's pretty nice to see only my own content, and also to know where everything is!

I haven't yet heard anything about my channel's monetization... I just hope that my channel gets reviewed - even looked at - in its current state. Now that I have finally been able to identify and clean up any problematic content.

@What You Haven't Seen, has there been any update on the status of your channel? Did deleting the drafts of the duplicate videos work? If it did, this could solve the problems of some of the other people, such as Keltuc, below.

On 9/5/2018 at 5:08 PM, keltuc said:

When my channel recently met the subscriber threshold as well, it was re-evaluated, but re-approval for the Youtube partner programme was denied due to "Duplication."

I don't know what they're referring to.  Although I have a total of 34 videos on my channel (many are unlisted) many of which include copyrighted music, I'm fully aware that I'm unable to monetize those particular videos, and I have no intention of ever doing so, nor did I ever attempt to do so in the past.

There are only three videos on my channel that I had monetized. Are you possibly able to tell me what needs to be corrected so that my channel can be approved once again? Thanks!

@keltuc, depending on the answers of Leo and What You Haven't Seen, we may know what needs to be done. Maybe all the unlisted duplicate videos are what is affecting your channel. Though, I cannot tell if deleting them will fix your status, until @What You Haven't Seen or @Leo Wattenberg have some new information.

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On 9/10/2018 at 3:56 PM, AAAA said:

@keltuc, depending on the answers of Leo and What You Haven't Seen, we may know what needs to be done. Maybe all the unlisted duplicate videos are what is affecting your channel. Though, I cannot tell if deleting them will fix your status, until @What You Haven't Seen or @Leo Wattenberg have some new information.

Thanks.  I'm still confused as to what duplication they're referring to.  I have two public playlists on my channel, one for videos of my own personal train layouts set up in my home, and another for a few public performances of a dance group that I'm part of.  All of the 34 videos on my channel (both unlisted and public) were created/recorded by me. Most of my train videos have background music in them.  But I know that I cannot monetize those and have never tried to. And of course the dance performance videos have music in them, as well as other people, but again I know that I cannot monetize those either. I wish they would clarify what they mean by duplication, because if there are other videos out there on youtube that are actual duplicates of my videos, then somebody else is passing off my videos as theirs.

Previously I was able to pick and choose which videos on my channel that I wished to monetize - obviously only those few that I knew were eligible (at that time). So my other question is have they changed the rules so that every video on one's channel has to meet the monetization standard even if I only wish to monetize one out of my 34 videos?

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