Downloaded YouTube Shorts will have watermarks.
If you download YouTube Studio Shorts to share on other platforms; a watermark will be added.
The announcement came after The Verge claimed Instagram was deleting music from Reels users downloaded before publishing. This appeared to restrict videos from being shared. However, it was a bug (Opens in a new window).
YouTube says it’s adding the watermark. “So your viewers can see that the content you’re sharing across platforms can be found on YouTube “. A thinly veiled way of saying it’s sick of people using its tools to make TikTok and Instagram videos.
Creators should use several platforms. Shorts, TikTok, and Reels all feature short mobile videos. However, The main distinction between the services is their editing tools.
Watermarking downloaded Shorts could incentivize producers to upload YouTube Studio work. If not, the watermark may entice TikTok and Instagram viewers to watch Shorts on YouTube. YouTube said watermarks for downloaded Shorts will roll out in the coming weeks on desktop and months on mobile.
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Meaning for creators?
Any downloaded YouTube short will have a watermark in the lower left corner. Therefore, Creators will be able to track where their content is shared, thus deterring copyright violation. Watermarks are ubiquitous on other platforms thus, this won’t bother most producers. However, It might be a problem for YouTube short-makers. Watermarks make monetizing downloaded content harder.
How can this aid creators?
As a creator, you may question how this may influence your channel. Watermarking downloaded shorts can help in several ways.
1) You’ll know when unapproved content is shared.
2) You’ll know who shared it without permission (i.e., through a link on social media).
3) It’s another avenue for people to watch and share your video, even if they can’t locate it on YouTube.