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Adsense and YouTube

Adsense and YouTube



10:44 am on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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As part of my website I want to show a selection of Youtube videos, they are all home made videos, tourist type videos

Is it ok for me to display these Youtube videos with Adsense?

I haven't seen anybody do this other than blogs, thus my question.

Thank you.


11:16 am on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That's an interesting question I hadn't considered. I did a couple of youtube videos on topics relating to my sites. I then embedded the videos into my site.

I'm going to have to re-read the TOS. I would think that showing my videos on my site would be OK but you never know.

I had also started to embed other relevant, apparently homemade, videos as well.



12:13 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't know about this. The video is someone else's work and therefore is copyrighted. By taking the video and hosting it on your page.... wouldn't it be similar to scraping/stealing copyrighted content? In this case, the content is the video.


1:40 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This also brings up the topic of hot linked photos. I recently had a forum that was hot linking some of my photos in threads with AdSense. I requested that the photos be taken down and they were. It did cross my mind that the forum owner was possibility in breach of the AdSense TOS.


4:13 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Are Youtube videos always copyrighted? Uploaders can choose whether or not they let others embed the videos on their sites, so I guess that counts as a permission (as long as they are the copyright owners of the uploaded video of course).


6:26 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Isn't the owner of Youtube the owner of Adsense?



11:36 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If you were not meant to display YouTube on your website, why did they include the "Embed" option?

I am not hosting the videos on my website, the videos are displayed via TouTube


12:28 pm on Jun 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I display Youtube and Gvideos, mostly mine since over a year with now problem ..

Although I went now for my own flash solution as the embedded videos only serve one purpose: to suck your traffic to youtube ..

And that youtube et al. cares about copyright must be a new thing .. ;)


1:37 pm on Jun 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Are Youtube videos always copyrighted?

Yes. In most countries (including the U.S.), works don't have to be registered to be protected by copyright.


11:25 pm on Jun 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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OK, this must be a Grey areas as I have emailed Google and received no response.

The reason I thought it would be ok is I am not hosting the video's I am displaying them via YouTube using the embed option available, all of the videos are homemade and related to the topic of my website, what I did, I watched most of the videos decided which would be appropriate and grouped them that way.

What is the embed option for if its not to display them on other websites.

If the videos are copyright protected, surely by the people uploading the video's to YouTube who allows people to embed the video, they are aware that the video's will be displayed on other websites.

I don't want to put these pages online until I get confirmation.

The only reason I am asking this question is that I have not seen anybody else doing this other than Blogs, I have seen blogs with there peoples YouTube videos, but then again some of these people don't seem to concerned about Adsense TOS.


12:19 am on Jun 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What is the embed option for if its not to display them on other websites.

Possibly to make it easy for the video owner to display the video on their own website.

It's possible, like flickr, that each video has its own license agreement. Some may be free to distribute and publish on your website and others may be restricted for viewing only on youtube.

You may want to go to the source (the publisher of the video) to get permission from them if you're in doubt.

This post on the adsense blog might be relevant (although it pertains to Google Video before they bought youtube I think):

In their example, I'm sure Disney wants as many websites as possible to be showing the Cars trailer, but that may or may not be true for each individual video publisher.

Some people are very particular about where their original content ends up.


8:24 am on Jun 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Possibly to make it easy for the video owner to display the video on their own website.

That is not true, I contacted Google about it. They told me that uploaders can elect if they wish to allow users to place their video code on other sites. If the embed code is available for a video, then they uploader has agreed to let other people show the video on their website.

Petra Kaiser

1:43 pm on Jun 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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As a publisher of videos to youtube and google video, YES please embed our videos as often as possible. Take care not to scrape and past; thousands of quick made video sites went into the supplemental index. Use embedded video for additional information only. Youtube shows also the URL and clicks from embedded videos, unfortunate this link is nofollow - but who knows! In the past the TOS mentioned something about adsense and video on a page, but I canít find it anymore, so I guess itís no problem anymore because also google adsense may show video ads together with text and image ads.


4:18 pm on Jun 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Please also notice the page when you logout of AdSense. Google is encouraging you to embed video to enhance the user experience.


10:21 pm on Jun 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Please note that YouTube.com embedded videos aren't necessarily reliable. They can leave blank spaces on your web page when the server is busy. Obviously you have no control over it. So when it's down, instead of enhancing the user experience, it does just the opposite.

I'd leave a link to some videos, but there are so many rude, racist, sexist, and otherwise offensive comments on youtube, I'm not going to do that.

However, even with embedding, if you go to click on the embedded image, it opens to the youtube source page in a new window.

When you scale the embedded video down, by, say, 1/2, so it doesn't dominate your web page, or to improve resolution, the play button (right arrow) is so small, most folks are likely to miss it. So what they click on takes them to the page with all the junk.

To the degree you want your site to be "professional," you have to limit your youtube connections. But you knew that anyway. I'm just playing with the technology now. Don't know how much embedding I'll do in the end.

Scaled-down youtube videos are quite 'cute'! :/ You just have to maintain the proportions so it looks right. (YouTube should get 16:9 framing some time for certain videos; DVD recorders already allow this.)


Petra Kaiser

11:28 pm on Jun 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You may be right at some points, using the ordinary embed option of youtube or google video is in fact the quick and dirty way to embed videos. Itís a good idea to take a look at Googleís AJAX Search API for video which offers enhanced control and the result looks much more better.


1:52 am on Jun 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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why dont you ask google support? get an answer and report to this forum


9:50 am on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Guys, am using YouTube Open API and other things....

I have Adsense also... Since Youtube provides open API, is there a problem on videos with Adsense?


7:05 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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No need to write to AdSense support about it - I can give you an answer from our policy specialists here. :)

As long as you're displaying YouTube videos in a way that's compliant with YouTube's policies, and the content of the videos complies with AdSense's policies (e.g. no adult content, etc.), you're welcome to put AdSense on pages with embedded YouTube videos.

Keep in mind that the AdSense crawlers can only read the text-based content of your pages, so adding video won't affect your ad targeting, but we do believe that video content can enhance the overall user experience and site appeal.



10:24 pm on Jul 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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thanks ASA

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