A Guide to YouTube's Reused Content Policy - Why You're Rejected for Adsense Monetization

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As a content creator on YouTube, it's important to be aware of YouTube's reused content policy. YouTube's reused content policy is designed to ensure that videos that are reused or repurposed from other sources are not eligible for monetization. In this article, we'll explain YouTube's reused content policy in detail and provide some examples of what YouTube considers a violation of the policy.

You need to understand these policies are not meant to hurt content creators but to disincentivize abusing the system, acting in bad faith, and content theft, piracy, and plagiarism.

According to YouTube's reused content policy, videos that contain content that is reused or repurposed from other sources may not be eligible for monetization. This includes videos that feature footage, images, or audio from other sources that are not licensed for commercial use.

YouTube considers several types of content to be a violation of the reused content policy. These include:

  1. Re-uploaded content: Videos that are identical or nearly identical to other videos that are already on YouTube, even if they're from different channels.

  2. Stock footage or images: Videos that feature stock footage or images that are widely available and not original content.

  3. Public domain content: Videos that feature content that is in the public domain and widely available, such as old movies or TV shows.

  4. Compilation videos: Videos that are compilations of other people's content, such as "funny moments" or "fails" videos.

  5. Reacting to videos: Videos that feature reactions to other people's videos, such as "reaction videos" or "try not to laugh" videos.

  6. Unaltered content: Videos that feature unaltered content from other sources, such as news clips or interviews.

It's important to note that YouTube's reused content policy is not intended to prevent content creators from using footage or audio from other sources altogether. However, it is intended to ensure that content creators use such content in a transformative way, such as through commentary, criticism, or parody.

To avoid violating YouTube's reused content policy, content creators should be careful when using content from other sources. They should ensure that the content they use is licensed for commercial use or falls under fair use guidelines.

YouTube has provided some guidance on its reused content policy in its community guidelines. YouTube's community guidelines provide detailed information on what types of content are allowed on the platform and what types of content are not allowed.

YouTube's reused content policy is designed to ensure that videos that are reused or repurposed from other sources are not eligible for monetization. Content creators should be aware of the policy and avoid using content that is not licensed for commercial use or does not fall under fair use guidelines. By creating original content or using licensed content in a transformative way, content creators can avoid violating YouTube's reused content policy and continue to monetize their videos.



To appeal, upload an unlisted video to your channel and submit it through the link found in your channel monetization overview under “Earn.” Include details on how you filmed and edited the content, as well as an onscreen image or voiceover to show you're a genuine creator.

  1. How Your Content Was Filmed or Produced: Did you compile a montage of other users’ work? Or did you take your iPhone to the parking garage to film that sweet skate trick?
  2. How Your Content Was Edited: Whether you cut entirely in camera or used professional editing software, YouTube will want to understand how you’ve made someone else’s content your own.
  3. Screen Recording, Image Overlay, or a Voiceover: Demonstrate to the appeals team that you’re a person trying to build an audience, not a bot trying to steal views.


  1. YouTube Partner Program Appeal Submission https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9564590?hl=en 
  2. YouTube Reused Content Policy https://support.google.com/youtube/search?q=reused+content#zippy=%2Cwhat-is-considered-reused-content 
  3. YouTube Rights Clearance Adjustments: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/12496325?hl=en
  4. What Content Can Be Monetized? https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2490020?hl=en 

  5. YouTube's Community Guidelines: https://www.youtube.com/about/policies/#community-guidelines

  6. YouTube's Copyright Center: https://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/

  7. YouTube's Monetization Policies: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/72857

  8. Google's Terms of Service: https://www.google.com/intl/en_US/policies/terms/

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