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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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