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Do I Need Permission To Use YouTube Videos On My Blog?

Updated on September 5, 2012

Short answer: no.

YouTube has an agreement with the people who post videos on YouTube. They swear on a stack of Bibles or something comparative that they are allowed to post whatever is in their clip, whether it’s video, pictures, music or even text.

Some videos are posted by the artist themselves and others are not owned by the original poster but either the artist isn’t too picky or they gave that person permission to share their work.

You see many musicians and singers have found it helps them sell albums or at least songs by posting their music online. Some are older singers and younger people aren’t as familiar with their work but seeing it online makes them want to hear their music and in turn they find new fans.

Likewise, new artists obtain fame and fortune by being discovered on YouTube and similar websites. I've found many musical groups I didn't know existed online.


How do I know it's okay to share a YouTube video?

If there is an embed code, you are allowed to post it on your website, blog or even here on HubPages or similar article websites. In fact they want you to post them because it helps them make even more money.

However, and here is the key, just because they have an embed code doesn’t mean they have permission. Sometimes the owner will make them take down the video, which will result in the video box on your article having a black box with the words, “This video has been removed,” or something to that effect. Just keep rechecking your old stories, which you should really do anyway and you will be fine.

I periodically check mine and if a video has been removed I just replace it with a new one. HubPages is very good about notifying you of removed videos so that helps.

You will not in anyway be penalized or reprimanded so don't worry. You didn't steal the work, the person posting it on YouTube did.


How to upload video, embed video on website or upload video blog.

It’s very easy really. Under each video clip there is a box that says share. Click on it but don’t use that code unless you are sharing to Facebook. To the right of that code there is another box that says, “embed”. Click on that one and you’ll see a long list of code usually at least three or four lines long. That is the code you want to copy and add into your video box on your blog or hubpage.

Depending on what website you use they typically have a picture of a video or the word video to use for film posting. All webpage are different so you’ll need to read the instructions to find where to post films.

Some websites will download it just from the link to the video so you don't even need an embed code.

Making money from YouTube videos

Not everyone on YouTube or Dailymotion are making money but many of them are not only making money but lots of money. I can’t tell you how to make a lot of money making videos but I can tell you the basics in case you want to give it a try.

They make money with adsense and other advertising sources that post ads on their videos. I’m sure you’ve seen them and maybe even fussed about it but it’s that person’s bread and butter or bacon as the case may be.

You sign up for a revenue plan just like you do here on HubPages and receive money for every view. It’s based on percentage. There are college kids who have become famous and later got television show invites. Kev Jumba started out playing with a video camera making short films and posting vlogs on YouTube. The next thing you know he’s rich and famous. He’s been on the Greatest Race with his dad, who is also quite funny by the way and other television shows.



What is a vlog?

A vlog is a new term for video blog. We have all these new terms we have to learn and with each new popular website we have new words that go along with them.

Another word is vlogger, which is of course the person making the video blogs. You probably know of several famous vloggers, you probably even subscribe to their vlogs tuning in to their silly, informative or at least entertaining clips. It’s amazing what we will watch.


How does posting video help the owner of the film make more money?

Vloggers get money from people watching their films and of course clicking on advertisements and if many people post their videos on their blog sites they get even more views, which means even more revenue. So whether the video is sitting on YouTube or on your blog page they get the income.

You see how that works? I won’t go into the YouTube revenue program because that is enough for another article in itself but you should get the idea if you run a blog for profit or write for money. It works pretty much the same way only instead of text it’s video.

I’m telling you all of this so that you realize you are helping these guys and not stealing content. Most welcome you to borrow or use their short films because you are helping put money in their pocket.


Should you use video on your articles or blogs?

That is entirely up to you. Why post their videos if you don’t get the profit and you are only helping them make money? If you enjoy watching videos on other people’s webpages you might want to try it on your own. It can add a different element to your page and also keeps readers there just a little bit longer especially if your story isn’t very long.

If you use video make sure you still have enough text to place on the google search because video doesn’t show up and will make your page look inferior. As long as you have about 600 words of text along with the video you will be fine. Say for instance you use a video to give instruction for a how to article, be sure to post the written directions as well so your page will get a high pagerank on the search engines.

If you make the video yourself then you have double the potential for making revenue.

It may seem redundant to have the same information on a video as you have in your story but some people prefer to read while others choose video. And still others will watch the film and later refer to your written instructions when they begin their project.


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      ShaamCA 5 years ago from India

      really an informative post , i got pretty good answers from your share , great hub , thanks for the share :)

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Debby, you can upload videos to YouTube and then post them on your blog or article without it being considered duplicate content. Videos aren't considered content.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Pam ~ Well written Hubpages contest entry to the question about YouTube permission. Like Frank, I also thought this was going to be about the new HP video feature. Nevertheless, this had great information.

      I think we may want to check on the details on your comment, "If I were going to make my own videos I'd use YouTube and then post them here on HP due to double the income potential," because I'm not sure we have the option to upload twice. I feel as if I read somewhere that it had to be original on HP. I may be wrong about that. Blessings to you, Debby

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, one2get2no.

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      very informative hub Pam. Thank you.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for stopping by, montecristo.

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      Angel Caleb Santos 5 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Wow! The truth shall set you free. Thanks a million. Voted up!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wetnosedogs, I like video and think it adds a little something to articles. Thanks for reading.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Glad I read this useful hub. I will have to try YouTube in my hubs. I wasn't sure of the legality stuff, so I never did. Thanks for the great info. (I'm not a camera/video person either, I'll depend on YouTube)

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Glenn, that will make a big difference. Like I said, I know several college kids that are rich from YouTube videos. If only I had their time and energy. :o)

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Pamela, I agree with you about YouTube. In addition to more revenue potential, they also have more bandwidth for playing video. I noticed video hosted on HP's server seem to sometimes break up and not flow smoothly.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Glenn, I wrote this before I knew about HP's new video feature. I think YouTube is better for revenue due to the billions of visitors they have each day and a potential for making high income. If I were going to make my own videos I'd use YouTube and then post them here on HP due to double the income potential.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      When I saw the title I thought you were writing about the new HubPages Video features that HP rolled out this week, that lets us upload our own videos and host them directly on HubPages instead of embedding YouTube in a video capsule. But the info you gave is just as important.

      Every once is a while I come across a Hub where the author never removed or replaced a YouTube movie that was disqualified for infringement by the original person who uploaded it. I always watch for that. I discovered that HP doesn't always notify us when it goes black. I catch them by checking now and then.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      lol I'm glad you found my article useful, Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      I swear on a stack of bibles I got alot out of this post.. up and useful :) Yeah?

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Kashmir, I love Pink Floyd, they have great music.

      Marcy, if they have the sharing enabled then it's okay to borrow their video.

      Sholland, thanks for sharing.

      Marcoujor, glad I could help.

      Sharyn, some webpages only need the link like Google+ but most require the embed code to work.

      Urmilashukla, I've only done one video and my photography leaves a lot to be desired so I admire anyone with that talent.

      Thanks for reading, Roxanne.

      Healthwealthmusic, if they don't want you to use their work they will disable the sharing feature. Now you can save time and not have to ask.

      Thanks for reading, Kelly.

      Rajan, not everyone was aware of this so I thought I'd help out. Thanks for reading.

      Mells, I love video and have used them for years. I didn't realize until recently that not everyone knows how to use them. Sometimes I take for granted that everyone knows what I know.

      Thanks for reading, cebutouristspot. Glad I could help.

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      I never knew that. Thanks one more thing I learn here in hubpages. Thanks for sharing

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Videos are a great way to summarize your hub in another visual way. I'm always able to find a video pertaining to my topic. Thanks for the tips!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Pamela, thanks for putting at rest all speculations regarding the legality of using you tube videos on websites, blogs and more so on hubpages. I also agree if the embed code and share code is available it can be put w/o any prior permission.

      thanks for this explanation.

      Voted up and SHARED

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Voted up, useful, and shared. Thanks for this!

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      Ruth R. Martin 5 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thank you for sharing this. I have always wondered is if should ask express permission from each YouTube user before I share their videos on my sites. The times I have asked though, either I never heard back from the person, or they responded with a happy "YES!"

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Great information, Thank You! ;)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great Hub. I like taking pictures and making videos. Thanks for posting it. Voted up and useful!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pamela ~ thanks for this information. I use at least one video in every hub if I can. Silly me, I never paid attention to the "embed" button. I just always copy the link. I am going to share this info with others who I know will be interested.

      Sharyn

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Pamela,

      I am grateful to review this information for clarification. I found it to be extremely useful and informative. Voted UP & UI. Thanks, mar.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks for the information. Even though I have been hubbing for a year, I am still learning. Votes and shared. :-)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is really, really helpful information! Thank you so much for helping to clarify one of the many questions we have about use of online materials on various sites. Voted up and awesome! Thank you, thank you!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Pamela,great hub with a lot of good information and some good advice. Loved the Pink Floyd video. Will have to remember to check my videos in some of my hubs to make sure they are there.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, jenubouka. I love videos and enjoy adding them to my stories. I hope more people will try to use them too.

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      This is great info and really answered my questions about this new type of "vlog" style. I was wondering what it all entailed. Awesome stuff!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Sunshine. I've been posting and using video for years. I know several vloggers who are quite good at it and learned a lot from them.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Teddletonmr, I've made one video but haven't made any more. It's completely different. Some people are more comfortable in front of a camera than others. I'm not one of them.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You answered a few questions I had! Thank you very much!

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      Mike Teddleton 5 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks Pam, good to know about new words and their meanings; vlog, vlogger, vlogging? Makes me want to give it a go.

      Happy vlogging, Mike