Monetization of YouTube videos featuring content that is otherwise compliant with the Community Use Policy


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I'm pretty sure that I know the answer to this question, but I thought I would ask it anyway just to be sure...

If you have a YouTube channel that is monetized (or that you have applied for monetization), is it permitted under the Community Use Policy to upload a video that contains content that is otherwise compliant with Paizo's Community Use Policy? For example, could you do a review of a Paizo product while only showing cover art that is listed in the CUP, a video of you and your friends playing a home-brew module set in the Pathfinder Campaign Setting, or show original Pathfinder-compatible content that is free to download on a personal website?

Sorry if this has been asked before guys.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Wow... sorry I missed this question!

As long as you're not charging for content and are otherwise abiding by the terms of the CUP, it’s okay to collect advertising revenue—or even donations—to cover the costs of making your project available. But if you were to collect revenue over and above those costs, we’d consider you a commercial publisher, and the Community Use Policy would no longer be available to you. (Note that those costs cannot include your own time: if you're paying yourself, that's a job, and that would make you a commercial publisher.)


Ok, to clarify. Ad revenue is only ok based on it being enough to cover equipment but once you pass a point it stops. Then you change categories and are no longer okay?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Not just equipment—you can cover other costs, like services you might need to use, or other resources that go directly into making the project available. But you can't make a take-home profit.

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