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What to do if your YouTube Partner Program application was rejected for Duplication or Reused Content

YouTube has clarified that the YouTube Partner Program requires channels to have original and relevant content. Even you upload public domain movies or "fair use" video compilations, you need to "add value" to monetize that content.

YouTube started a review process for YouTube Partner Program applications in 2017. Formerly there wasn't a review of a channel's content before monetization was enabled, and acceptance was usually fast and automatic.

With the new reviews, a number of channels have had their application rejected  - or their monetization disabled - for the ambiguously-named "Duplication", "Repetitive Content" or "Reused Content".

Update April 2024 (policy updated several years ago, but help center has been updated with more information): The current monetization policy combines "Duplication" and "Repetitive Content" into Repetitious Content. Reused Content is still not allowed, and there is an updated FAQ  with more information.

Information provided to rejected Partner Program applicants on their Monetization Settings tab focused on copyright issues, which didn't always seem to apply to the creator's channel. And while it is possible to reapply after 30 days, YouTube didn't provide any guidance about what steps could be taken to improve the likelihood an application would be approved.

Now YouTube has finally provided more information about what "Duplication" includes, and best practices users should follow.
It’s important to note that “duplicative content” is not just about copyright. The spirit of this YPP policy is to make sure we’re only allowing channels into the program when the content adds value, and is original and relevant

Examples of content that is not acceptable for the YouTube Partner Program:
  • The main purpose of your channel is to monetize other channels’ or sources’ content, even if you have a license or permission to use the content
  • Content that is repetitious or appears to be automatically generated 
  • Content from third party sources with no content or narrative added by the creator
  • Content uploaded many times by multiple users and you’re not the original uploader 
  • Content uploaded in a way that is trying to get around YouTube's copyright tools

Here are specific examples of what is not allowed as of January 2019 with regards to Reused and Repetitious content:

What you should do if your application for the YouTube Partner Program was rejected for "Duplication" or "Reused Content"

Sometimes YouTube gets it wrong. And sometimes you may just need to adjust your content to comply with YouTube's policies. Here is what you should do before you reapply


  1. Do you think this applies to compilations of my own work? I certainly don’t spam my videos but occasionally I group short form videos together and make a compilation.

    1. If it's your own original work, it's probably OK but be sure to provide context in your video description explaining it's your own work, and maybe even linking to the originals.


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