So you’ve worked hard and created a video viewed by 2 million people on YouTube (GOOG). Here’s your reward: A $1,600 check — part of the $1 miillion YouTube says it has paid to video-producing “partners” in the last four months.
YouTube’s partner program pays about 100 video producers — both independent (like Yuri Baranovsky, the creator of Break a Leg and the recipient of that $1,600) and professional (like Universal Music Group). Today, in an announcement about the expansion of the partner program to Japan, Australia and Ireland, the company also disclosed that it’s paid out a million dollars since it expanded the program in December.
The folks over at NewTeeVee have calculated what that $1 million means:
Break a Leg’s Yuri Baranovsky said he’d collected $1,600 for more than 2 million views on YouTube. So if that means $800 for a million views (which it doesn’t exactly, but just to get an idea), user partners have been responsible for 1.25 billion paid views so far.
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