News: YouTube has finally expanded its revenue-sharing program to allow anyone (who creates videos for YouTube) to apply for a share in the ad revenues. If approve, you become a “partner” and get some undisclosed amount of money from ad revenue generated by the traffic generated.
To qualify, you must meet 4 criteria:
1. You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
2. You own the copyrights and distribution rights for all audio and video content that you upload — no exceptions.
3. You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.
4. You live in the United States or Canada.
Analysis: Number 2 must be a typo. There’s no way that most video creators will own the copyrights to the music in the user-generated videos. They could have a nonexclusive license to distribute and perform the copyrighted music. But that’s quite different from owning the copyrights to the audio.