Oh the irony.
When someone steals your work and provides a download link to it,it’s almost impossible to get that video taken down,not to mention the user account.
When you actually do authors a favor and promote them legit.You’re out in no time.
@uniquefx: apparently, promoting in YouTube with a referral link, whether your own work or others is considered a violation. Yet when someone uploads your work with a download link, it takes them longer to respond. They prioritize taking action against referral links before any action towards download links.
If a user or more decide to flag the videos that include a referral link; the user, the channel, and the video are all doomed. Even if your “standing” with their 3 terms is good (copyright, community guidelines, etc)
don’t know what happened in your case but probably uploading your own videos may be allowedhttp://www.youtube.com/t/terms?gl=US
section 4. General Use of the Service—Permissions and Restrictions
there is nothing clear about referrals links but at point
E: Prohibited commercial uses do not include:
uploading an original video to YouTube, or maintaining an original channel on YouTube, to promote your business or artistic enterprise;
so it appears if is my video I can promote my business. (commercial use of youtube practically)
How many videos did you upload?
There is no such thing as your “own” videos, or your “own” business once you are promoting Envato,Videohive (and most likely that talented Audiojungle Author) by using a referral link, you are violating their terms.
If you want, you can always Google “Youtube referral links” to see for yourself.
Make a website. Refer your youtube viewers to the site or the specific page ( item ) now you’re connecting your viewers to your own website. In your website or item page mention your referral link. Hopefully youtube will not consider it spam!
I don’t believe that promoting only your own work with a referral link may lead to this. There are some VH authors who are very popular on youtube, I mean like millions of views and tens of thousands of followers, referral links everywhere and those channels are alive. If this was true, they would be probably gone long time ago.
The account had videos for 3 years, It wasn’t about flooding YouTube with Videohive items just to get clicks and referrals, it was about exposing people to stuff that seemed appealing to me. (among personal work, how objective can one REALLY be? ) less than 50 videos in a 3 month time period (although there were more videos that got deleted before creating it)
You can easily find some users promoting videohive items on youtube with over 4000 videos in a 1 month period – this is a clearly different case.
Still love YouTube though, honestly, to come and think of it from a reviewer point of view… Imagine you have to review 5000 flagged videos a day, as a human, what are your chances of making a mistake? falling asleep on the keyboard? BAN the account/channel of flag number 666 (just for the sake of it)
Anyways, you get the idea, hopefully they will prove me wrong without Adobe Exchange properly functioning and YouTube allowing referral links the self promoting game gets harder.
@DoubleX Actually there are less than 3 VH Authors who have more than a million views, perhaps only one (same goes for tens of thousands of followers)
The fact those channels are alive can also mean that no one chose to flag them yet, they too, promote other’s work such as Audiojungle authors, and the entire Envato marketplace community. Still hope that you’re closer to right on this one.
@Creativeflux thats the idea for now, although, the price of it was 80k , 544 subscribers and over 4k referrals to Videohive (out of which only a small few actually registered). If they would’ve just given me a chance to remove those referral links it would’ve been a lot easier.