It has been five years since the YouTube Partner Program was opened up to everyone. This allowed anyone and everyone to just sign up for the service, upload videos, and start making money off of them. Obviously, the videos had to meet certain guidelines to ensure that they were advertiser-friendly, but that hasn’t stopped people from taking unfair advantage of the program. That’s why making money on YouTube videos now requires 10,000 views.
Some YouTube users have taken unfair advantage of this by creating accounts on which they upload content owned by other people, be it movie studios or record labels. They spoil the fun for everyone and YouTube is now going to make it harder for them to make money off of this.
YouTube creators will not be able to turn on monetization – the feature that lets them make money on their YouTube videos – until they have reached 10,000 lifetime views on their channel.
It feels that this limit gives it ample time to gather enough information on a channel to know for sure whether it’s posting original content or stealing it from somewhere else.
“In a few weeks, we’ll also be adding a review process for new creators who apply to be in the YouTube Partner Program. After a creator hits 10k lifetime views on their channel, we’ll review their activity against our policies,” writes Ariel Bardin, the VP of product management at YouTube.
It’s also going to add a review process for new creators who apply to be in the YouTube Partner Program, it’s only after they hit 10,000 lifetime views on the channel will their activity be reviewed against the program’s policies.