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Is impersonating a YouTuber dicey (for other channels)?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by I Have No Hat, May 6, 2017.

  1. I Have No Hat

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    Sorry for signing up with the intention of asking a question and little more, but I've started a YouTube channel that effectively impersonates another. I've made no claims that I am the proper owner, but it is implied.

    I can see this channel going down the drain, and I'm okay with that, but links can easily be made to many other YouTube channels of mine, or worse, entire Google accounts. If action is taken, could all my channels be thrown off the site? This channel is non-profit - others aren't.

    I've already done some research and it looks grim.
    "In cases where our team determines that an account was established to impersonate another channel or individual, the account will be removed." - support.google.com/youtube/answer/2801947?hl=en
    "This account has been terminated due to a violation of YouTube's policy prohibiting impersonation." - youtube.com/user/CutiePieMarzia1/
    "if one of your channels ever gets terminated then say goodbye to all of them." - quora.com/Does-a-copyright-strike-on-one-channel-affect-my-other-channels-for-YouTube

    But I have seen contradictions. Can anyone confirm?
    (would have used hyperlinks, but spam protection)

    EDIT: Would adding "unofficial" or something to that effect in the channel name be enough to get away with the whole impersonation aspect?
     
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  2. I Have No Hat

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    EDIT 2: Can't find the edit button - maybe it only lasts half an hour or so - so here it goes in another post.

    I've contacted someone and it appears that yes, it does affect other channels if one is taken down. I have taken measures to avoid being taken down for impersonation, although channel art and such is still stolen. It's likely copyright will be an issue, but the three-strike system seems pretty chill.

    Unless anyone has anything worthwhile to add, just let this thread sink down through the pages.
     
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    If thats the main channel and it gets taken down then you wont be allowed to access any channel evern though they are safe but if some secondary channel gets a hit then you are safe.
    Also impersonating someone is bot worth on long go. They can anytime claim it and you will lose everything.
     
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    Ooh, is that how it works? Anyway, I've deleted the dicey channel and put it on Vimeo instead (good way of getting zero views). That Google account's main channel is currently the most risky, but is usually free of copyright strikes so it's only at risk of some YouTube staff going crazy, deleting it and leaving no form of contact. Alternatively, I try and have a relaxing holiday and strikes happen during that time.
     
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    Yeah its better not to risk your main channel. Since if thats gone your other channels will be okay and live but you wont be allowed to access them so its just like losing them.