Youtube and First Amendment Rights

I received the following email from Youtube this morning.  Before reading, here’s the context: it’s about a trailer for a short documentary of an historic church celebrating its 200th anniversary in February 2009.  The request I made to Youtube to monetize it – was made early in 2012 – after at least 8 months, they have clearly agonized about it and come back with this! —-

<Dear Christopher Gilbert,

Thanks for submitting your video “Park Street Church – Bicentennial movie trailer” ( for monetization. We did not approve this video for monetization because the content in your video and/or the metadata may not be advertiser-friendly.

Please note that YouTube reserves the right to make the final decision whether to monetize a video, and we may disable monetization for partners who repeatedly submit ineligible videos.

As next steps, please read our Community Guidelines before enabling another video for monetization.


The YouTube Team>

May or may not be advertiser friendly?  Really!  A trailer on an historic center city Boston church, that points to the short documentary that has been for 3 years a Freedom Trail experience?   Thoughts on an appropriate response to the keepers of the Youtube gate?


~ by cgilbertlpmedia on January 8, 2013.

2 Responses to “Youtube and First Amendment Rights”

  1. mhhh, don’t know what to make of it….

  2. Yes, but the trailer doesn’t focus heavily on the historical bits, doesn’t even mention the Freedom Trail involvement, but talks about the ministries of the church. What I remember most vividly after 2 viewings are the scenes of comments from missionaries and especially scenes from foreign missions work and the word “imperialism” even though these two bit aren’t necessarily related, they sort of seem to be. It’s very insider directed, meaning it speaks to those who have the church’s point of view. It focuses less on its historic significance and influence on Boston and more on the religious mission of the church. Perhaps this is why the powers that be felt it wouldn’t attract advertisers who do not support this view point.

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