Get Your YouTube Videos Approved by Google!


Introduction: Get Your YouTube Videos Approved by Google!

By using a branding bug, you too can have Google approved videos on YouTube.

Step 1: Get the Google Logo.

This is the step where you find the Google logo to use as your branding bug. Preferably, you will use Google to find an appropriate Google logo. You'll want to find the largest image you can. This can be accomplished by clicking on the 'large images' option in the 'showing' list.

Step 2: Photoshop Your Logo.

At this point, you'll want to bring in your image into some sort of photo editing software application. In this instance, Photoshop works quite well, but any other comparable application can be used. You'll want to crop the image and get rid of the background color, so that the logo rests on top of a transparent layer. You also have the option of customizing the logo, depending on your video content. Look at the next step for an example.

Step 3: Next Stop...editing and Compositing.

Open up a video editing software application and import some video of your choice. In this case, a portion of the film The Godfather is used. Import your newly edited Google logo and place it in the lower left corner, on top of your video. Now you have a branding bug. Once you are happy with the placement and look of your video, export it (MPEG4/Divx/Xvid format, 320x240 resolution, MP3 audio, 30 frames per second).

Step 4: Upload Your Newly Approved, Bugged Video.

Go to and log on (sign up for an account if you don't have one). Upload your Google approved video using YouTube's instructions. Be sure to tag your video "Approved by Google!". Now just sit back and relax...your video is Google!



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    Having access to the logo does not grant license to use the logo for ones own purposes. Nor would this slight modification qualify as a derivative work - as the final product is not sufficiently altered, nor under fair-use as in educational, scientific or other applicable form. Add to this that saying that something is approved, and faking the approval does not make it officially approved.

    Well, since everyone wanted legal references to show if this would hold up in caught. Here: Google's terms of service: 2.2 You can accept the Terms by: (A) clicking to accept or agree to the Terms, where this option is made available to you by Google in the user interface for any Service; or (B) by actually using the Services. In this case, you understand and agree that Google will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards. which leads onto: 9.2 Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with Google, nothing in the Terms gives you a right to use any of Google’s trade names, trade marks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features. and well I dont really think anyone needs proof of rights that the godfather is copyrighted. All movies are. This whole thing is illegal.

    I don't think this is illegal. The google "logo" is on a public search engine where anyone can right-click and "save picture as". After saved, it is in the user's possession and can of course be edited with photoshop. it is also ok to edit it into a video because it is now the user's image. IF the user has permission to use copyrighted material in his/her video, or the video is "homemade" so to speak, it is ok. This works because both the logo and the video belongs to the user. The user can post whatever he/she may want to say in the video description. In this case specifically it is indeed illegal because he used The Godfather as his video, which is not allowed on youtube regardless.

    good instructable though. I don't see what advantage this has if you have a logo or not.

    I'm pretty sure that once Google cottons-on, they will get their lawyers to write to those who infringe their trademark! Sounds expensive to me!

    "We have a "be nice" comment policy. Please be positive and constructive with your comments or risk being banned from our site." That was right below the comment entry box, crash. How could you have missed it?

    Can we have some legal references / precedents to verify that this will stand up in court, or do you just assume that it will? L

    You should mention possible trademark and copyright violations as part of the instructable.

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    This is equivalent to putting a Acura Sticker on your Honda or Ford. Why I think Crashes comment was a bit abrupt, it's not far off from the mark.