Editing a video for a monetized youtube compilation

YouTube compilations offer incredibly lucrative opportunities for creators that are looking to monetize their channels. But are they legal, do they make money, and are you allowed to monetize them?

YouTube compilations can be legal, when done right. Creators must respect copyright, but are allowed to claim fair-use for transformative videos

Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement, that’s the phrase that was likely sitting on your mind before you clicked this article. And you’re right to be worried. If you’re looking to start a YouTube channel that reuses other people’s content, what right do you have to copy their work?

Fair use

YouTube advocates for fair-use. When your video is transformative. At which point, I guess it comes down to 2 schools of thought; those who say you can’t copy other people’s work and those who say you can.

Examples of transformative content

You only need to take a look at the likes of FailArmy, PeopleAreAwesome, and WorldStarHipHop.

They started by using other people’s content, transforming the material into something new, and pushing it out as a new product.

They never “just reupload it”, that’s copyright infringement, straight up. You’ve done nothing to transform the content, nothing to back your corner for fair use and nothing to warrant your right to post their content.

YouTube’s policy

If you’re not convinced that transformative content, fair use, acceptable, you should be now.

Do compilation channels make money?

PowerAreAwesome, a compilation channel, earning $19,000 in a month.

Good niches for compilation videos

The content you post can be anything. I’d advise you to choose the material that is compilation worthy. After all, collections of how to install Minecraft probably aren’t going to kick off.. although you never know.

Many evergreen genres are compilation worthy:

  • TikTok compilations,
  • comedy compilations,
  • fight compilations (sketchy, especially when monetizing, don’t do it),
  • Live concert compilations.
  • You’ve seen them all before…

Making your compilations interesting

Great people rarely invent things. They take excellent components from great inventors. Put them together and push at the quality that breaks boundaries of which we’ve become adjusted.

When you come to start your YouTube compilations project, think about ways you can firstly transform the content. Secondly, do it in a manner that pushes the boundaries.

OzzyManReviews monetises YouTube videos that he doesn’t own, by making the content transformative!

It can be as simple as you want to make it. or as elaborate as you wish. Think about all the compilations you’ve seen with no voiceover. There’s a reason why “RudeTube” is on TV, or “You’ve Been Framed” is on TV. They have voice-overs.

The narrators are funny and add to the effect. Hell, you could even delve into the realm of fake laughter to prompt the user to laugh. Or a few meme sound effects when a failure occurs; a Roblox “ooft”, for example.

Don’t just churn out YouTube compilations, keep them consistent.

Write out good descriptions and pull out all the shots when it comes to retaining your audience.

You could use a teaser before something shocking happens, right at the start of the video, and don’t show the actual video until later in the compilation.


Add some fresh music in the background of your YouTube compilations. Use royalty-free music.

Make sure the sound is just right, I hate loud music on compilation videos, and everyone else does too. It takes away from the videos, and it’s plain annoying.

The world is your oyster with this one; don’t reupload other people’s content. Transform the material, make it something better than it already was, and delve into making your content top quality. Break some boundaries.


I’ve dabbled in more complex video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas, but frankly, I find that they’re too complicated. And they take ages to churn out content.

I would advise you to use Camtasia, it’s well priced, and does everything you need to start creating quality videos. I use it for all of my YouTube videos.

You can record your screen with it, do voice-overs too, but the thing that sets it apart from the others is the unfettered ease of use.

You can also upload your content directly to YouTube too. A bonus.

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