(This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean?

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(This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? Saadoony 6/21/09 5:25 AM
I upload an animal video  the the your system says This video has been removed due to terms of use violation.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? YouveNeverHeardOfUs 6/21/09 5:32 AM
It means your video was identified as being inappropriate because it breached one of more of the terms of use of YouTube (Rightly or wrongly) and has been removed.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? itachi5466 7/17/09 2:44 PM
Yeah same here i uploadeit an amv it means Animated Music Video

I would like youtube to prove where in that video was any

terms of use violation  It makes me angry i was working so hard onit




Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? ebbixx 7/17/09 2:58 PM
YouTube reacts to outside forces.  They don't have the staff to go looking for videos to take down, and they barely have the staff to review those that people complain about.

Complaints about videos come two sources, mainly.  Either a video is flagging by other users (who may or may not be playing honestly), or they are blocked due to copyright claims by studios and recording labels.

YouTube isn't obliged to prove anything to you, though if the reason was copyright they should be providing you with the option to file a counterclaim. 

"Community standards" seem to be an unholy mess by comparison, since the standards themselves are generally hazy, and the staff to review and pass judgment are few -- and there is no appeals process worthy of the name. But YouTube is a private business, not a public service or utility (whatever some might prefer to think).   I suppose one could start a movement to nationalize it, though I doubt most people would like the results of that.

Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? Netspin1 2/24/10 8:27 AM
"This video has been removed due to terms of use violation."
 
 
In brief:
     1) most nudity is not allowed particularly if it's in a sexual context,
     2) if a video shows someone being physically hurt, attacked or humiliated, 
     3) YT encourages free speech and defends everyone's right to express an unpopular point of view but doesn't permit speech that attacks or           demeans a group based on certain characteristics,
     4) draw the line on content that's intended to incite violence or encourages dangerous or illegal activities,
     5) is not a shock site; it's not OK to post violent or gory content.
What brought me here:
 
"This video has been removed due to terms of use violation."

It dropped me dead in my song!
I kept thinking how "I" might have mis"use"d the YouTube site.  I've only recently been getting on to it.  Funny, my main reason for getting a computer 23 years ago was because it showed great promise in how I could "use" it in my profession.  But YouTube really captured my imagine when I discovered it had the 6/2009 Soundstage presentation of Jackson Browne.
 
Then I became literally hooked as I had a chance to revisit other musical moments from the past.  I couldn't go a day without playing "Back Together Again - Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway" {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nCBUru8WbI}.  Then, today, I was stopped dead by this first encounter with this removal message.  Had I "use"d the video too much?

YouTube doesn't provide the specifics.

But after rereading the YouTube Terms of Service policy {http://www.youtube.com/t/terms} the conditions appeared to be more directed to the UPLOADER than the DOWNLOADER.
 
After some consideration, I believe it was a copyright violation, but I really don't know for sure.
 
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? ebbixx 2/24/10 8:36 AM
Yes, removals are not the result of anything viewers do, unless the viewers also flag the videos for removal. 

Also, you may have run across a video you bookmarked, added to playlists or favorited that may have been removed because several of an uploader's other videos were removed as violations, and the entire channel was suspended or deleted.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? chibbynoy 3/12/10 11:48 PM
how to solved this, because i can't download anymore??
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? Anuj121093 3/19/10 6:37 AM
one reason could be that you used any sound tracks that were not yours.Try to claim for it,this won't bother u for long if it was completey original.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? plan talk 4/25/10 3:32 PM
I would like to know about This video has been removed due to terms of use violation which is on my website. www.theinternetmarketingsite.org Why was this video taken down after running for two to three months. This video helps promote my products.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? 83bj60 7/1/10 1:06 PM
The least YouTube could do is presents the REASON for removal. The way they do it is OFFENSIVE to user's intelligence and truly makes Youtube look like the puppets of the narrow-minded, anal-retentive, politically-correct minions of corporate interest governing our society instead of the champion of users and free expression they are supposed to be.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? ebbixx 7/1/10 1:24 PM
That would make way too much sense.  You're more or less expected to guess at the cause, which can be interesting if the video was removed for a flagging that may have been a trip of the finger, followed by a leap to conclusion by some intern or other overstressed minion trying to meet a quota for the day.  (All speculation of course, since YouTube under Google has a fetish for secrecy in its acts and motives).

The only good news is that YouTube just announced an appeals process if you believe the takedown was a mistake (and we've seen some doozies).

Here's the link http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=185111

Keep in mind, you only get one shot at success in an appeal so do everything you can to make your case clear and cover all possible reasons it might have been taken down.

I think Franz Kafka was involved in the design of the site and especially seems to have been a guiding light when it comes to some policy matters.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? 83bj60 7/1/10 7:23 PM
Google may have a fetish for THEIR OWN secrecy, but don't even dare to be treated the same way!!! I know it's off topic, but I thought it was important to clarify that ;)

Anyway, this attitude just proves once more that Google has become a decadent monster just like Microsoft has become and content is being watered down to the point where soon any truly original idea will be forbidden. What a parody of our lame society it is becoming. Hurray for the end of the Computer Revolution, replaced with Conformism and Complacency... NOT!

Oh and BTW, I couldn't care less about the REASON for taking down this or that video, But I VERY STRONGLY RESENT having someone tell me what I should or should not be allowed to see. That is NONE of anyone or any institution's business!!! It's a basic issue of rights, freedoms and responsibility for one's actions. I will decide what I want to see. In  other words, if what is being shown bothers you, simply turn the video off. NO ONE has any right to prevent others from seeing it like it is for themselves. Period!

If Google or Youtube is going to play the role of the Inquisitor, they better state the REASON when they take a video down!

BTW, loved your answer, Man! :)
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? ebbixx 7/1/10 9:37 PM
I admire your passion, but if you want Google to change policies, you'll need to find a more prominent soap box than this.  Not to say you're not welcome to express your views and opinions about how they should run their company, just that posting it here where it will probably remain in place indefinitely, but mostly ignored, doesn't strike me as great publicity.  Also, the fact that it's not censored may undercut a bit the argument you're making.

Personally, having watched this for the last 5 years or so, it seems to me that most YouTube "censorship" is a byproduct of a zero sum game being played between half-wit users, who engage in flagging campaigns against those they disagree with, frequently using intellectually dishonest tactics that (going back to this being a zero sum game) can just as readily be used to stifle expression on either side of an argument.   The other big source of censorship is prudery and vestiges of Puritan attitudes in American culture, which tends to be where a lot of the "community standards" consensus is coming from.

In most cases, if you have the video that was censored available to view on another site that is not quite as likely to use user values and gamesmanship to fuel its system for reviewing content, you can ask other users and at least get some consensus from them on the most likely reasons a video was flagged and removed.  Though in quite a few cases mentioned here, it is tempting to conclude that flagging was bogus and YouTube's staff attention to the details may have been cursory and more like a rubber stamp than a close review.  Will the new appeals system fix that?  I can't say, and I do still have my doubts when I think about YouTube's amazingly small staff, compared to the number of videos and channels on YouTube.

But it seems only fair to suspend judgement at least until I've heard some actual stories about how he appeals process worked in practice.
Re: (This video has been removed due to terms of use violation) What does that mean? UsernameHere___ 7/15/10 5:54 PM
It REALLY sucks when a video of girls shaking their bootys gets to stay up (behind a warning) but good, quality video (blast from the past, TV clips and things of that nature) gets taken down