In an email notification delivered on May 25th 2021, Youtube notified users that changes would be updated to the “Terms of Service” which is expected to be binding on all users. It is on record that the last updates to the Terms of Service were released in March this year.

Changes Added To YouTube Terms of Service Updates

It is necessary for YouTube content creators and users to remain in the know of the  Terms of service so as to prevent one from violating a term which can lead to suspension, deletion or outright ban which can have adverse effect on a business, brand or monetization ability of an account. 

The contents of the email is contained below:

“You’re receiving this email because we’re updating the YouTube Terms of Service (“Terms”) to clarify our terms and provide transparency to our users. The Terms were similarly updated in the United States in November 2020. These changes shouldn’t significantly alter your access or use of the YouTube service.
A summary of the changes:
  • Facial recognition restrictions: The Terms of Service already state that you cannot collect any information that might identify a person without their permission. While this has always included facial recognition information, the new Terms make that explicitly clear.
  • YouTube’s right to monetize: YouTube has the right to monetize all content on the platform and ads may appear on videos from channels not in the YouTube Partner Program.
  • Royalty payments and tax withholding: For creators entitled to revenue payments, such payments will be treated as royalties from a U.S. tax perspective and Google will withhold taxes where required by law.
Please make sure you read the updates to the Terms carefully. The new Terms will take effect on June 1, 2021 for users outside the U.S. By continuing to use YouTube after this date, you are agreeing to the new Terms. Please note, if you allow your child to use YouTube Kids, then you are agreeing to the new Terms on behalf of your child as well.

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The Actual Changes

On a visit to the Terms of Service page, it is clearly stated that the new changes are expected to roll out from June ist 2021. The new changes are contained in two snippet

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“On June 1, 2021, we will update the YouTube Terms of Service to explicitly prohibit the collection of any information that might identify a person without their permission and clarify how we monetize Content on the Service:

Right to Monetize

You grant to YouTube the right to monetize your Content on the Service (and such monetization may include displaying ads on or within Content or charging users a fee for access).

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This Agreement does not entitle you to any payments. Starting June 1, 2021, any payments you may be entitled to receive from YouTube under any other agreement between you and YouTube (including for example payments under the YouTube Partner Program, Channel memberships or Super Chat) will be treated as royalties. If required by law, Google will withhold taxes from such payments.

What’s in these terms?

This index is designed to help you understand some of the key updates we’ve made to our Terms of Service (Terms). We hope this serves as a useful guide, but please ensure you read the Terms in full.

Welcome to YouTube!

This section outlines our relationship with you. It includes a description of the Service, defines our Agreement, and names your service provider.

Who May Use the Service?

This section sets out certain requirements for use of the Service, and defines categories of users.

Your Use of the Service

This section explains your rights to use the Service, and the conditions that apply to your use of the Service. It also explains how we may make changes to the Service.

Your Content and Conduct

This section applies to users who provide Content to the Service. It defines the scope of the permissions that you grant by uploading your Content, and includes your agreement not to upload anything that infringes on anyone else’s rights. 

Account Suspension and Termination

This section explains how you and YouTube may terminate this relationship.

About Software in the Service

This section includes details about software on the Service.

Other Legal Terms

This section includes our service commitment to you. It also explains that there are some things we will not be responsible for.

About this Agreement

This section includes some further important details about our contract, including what to expect if we need to make changes to these Terms; or which law applies to them.”



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