We're not asking for the kind of respect reserved for nuns, the elderly and brain surgeons. All we ask is that you don't abuse the site. Every cool, new community feature on YouTube involves a certain level of trust. We trust you to be responsible, and millions of users respect that trust. Please be one of them.
Here are some common-sense rules that'll help you steer clear of trouble. Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don't try to look for loopholes or attempt to weasel your way out of the guidelines – just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.
YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube. Also, please be advised that we work closely with law enforcement agencies and that we report child exploitation. Find out more
It's not acceptable to post violent or gory content that is primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or disrespectful. If you post graphic content in a news or documentary context, please provide enough information to help people understand what's going on in the video. Don't encourage others to commit specific acts of violence. Find out more
Our products are platforms for free expression. However, we don't support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics. This can be a delicate balancing act, but if the primary purpose is to attack a protected group, the content crosses the line. Find out more
Everyone hates spam. Don't create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views. It's not acceptable to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages. Find out more
Don't post videos that encourage others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt, especially children. Videos showing such harmful or dangerous acts may be age-restricted or removed depending on their severity. Find out more
Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you're authorised to use. Don't upload videos that you didn't make, or use content in your videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programmes or videos made by other users, without the necessary authorisations. Visit our Copyright Centre for more information.
You might not like everything that you see on YouTube. Some of the content might offend you. If you think it's inappropriate, locate the flagging feature on the video and submit it for review by our YouTube staff. Find out more
Our staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to determine whether they violate our Community Guidelines. When they do, we remove them. Sometimes a video doesn't violate our guidelines, but might not be appropriate for everyone. These videos may be age-restricted. Accounts are penalised for Community Guidelines violations, and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. If an account is terminated, that person won't be allowed to create any new accounts.
For more information about how our Community Guidelines are enforced, please visit our Help Centre.
Remember that this is your community. Each and every person on YouTube makes the site what it is, so don't be afraid to dig in and get involved.
There's a lot to see here, with lots of people creating amazing stuff – one of them might be you! Equipment is getting cheaper and easier to use all the time, so dive in and enjoy.
Let people know what you think. Feedback is part of the experience, and when done with respect, it can be a great way to make friends, share stories and make your time on YouTube richer. So leave comments, rate videos, make your own responses to videos that affect you and enter contests that interest you – there's a lot going on and a lot of ways to participate.
But most of all, have fun with the site! We hope you'll find something new to love as you get to know the community.
– The YouTube Team