YouTube opens public videos for short film remixes – with one exception

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YouTube opens all public videos on the platform to YouTube Shorts remixes – with one exception.

YouTube says videos on the platform are enabled for remixing by default. If creators don’t want their videos to be remixed, they should deactivate the program in YouTube Studio. By default, only music videos uploaded by YouTube’s music partners cannot be remixed in YouTube Shorts.

Content on YouTube Shorts itself cannot be muted for remixing. This means that if you start creating YouTube shorts, you consent to your videos being remixed by others. This works differently than how TikTok handles remixes. TikTok allows users to prevent others from sampling videos on an individual basis in the TikTok video privacy settings. You can also set default permissions for videos in the app’s main privacy settings.

At this point, TikTok gives users more control over remixes than the competing platform offered by YouTube Shorts.

Short film creators who want to restrict the use of their content don’t really have a way to do so. They can delete the original short, which would delete the audio, but that would also delete other shorts sampling that audio. Remixed shorts are more likely to disappear if the creator of the original content deletes their video. So the question becomes, why remix anything and risk having that work deleted without permission?

Automatically activating YouTube videos for the life of the platform might not be such a good decision either. The lack of granular controls over who can remix and how those remixes can be used feels like an oversight on YouTube’s part. If you want to take care of creating your own YouTube Shorts remixes, here’s how the feature works.

How to Create Remixes of YouTube Shorts

  1. Start by pressing ‘Create’ in the Shorts app.
  2. Then press ‘Cut’ from the remix options.
  3. You can sample a one to five second video segment from any eligible YouTube video or short film.

How to Restrict YouTube Videos from Short Remixes

You don’t want your YouTube videos to be eligible remix? Here are the steps to unsubscribe.

  1. Login to YouTube Studio.
  2. In the left menu, click on ‘Content.’
  3. Click on the title or thumbnail of the video.
  4. Scroll down and click ‘Show more.
  5. Find the option titled ‘Sampling of short films‘ and disable it.
  6. To select ‘Save.’

YouTube says you can also change sampling preferences for shorts in bulk on PC. Once a video has been removed from the remix pool, no remixes can be made with its audio.

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