YouTube And The Scarcity Model

#oh_la_la #Germany hope that the music that is shared is getting to you : #Global #Community

The reality is that YouTube itself is looking to copy the old models of business, and encourage users to block countries that don’t provide advertising revenue for example. How many users will set the “video distribution settings” is not known yet, but big companies will probably make use of or encourage the use of such settings. A number of Japanese videos for example have disappeared from YouTube recently in 2016 from AKB48.

To create scarcity, some businesses create a funnel effect that restricts videos and movies so only a select group of people can see the product. This is part of a paid for product and business cycle that is a popular model in the past, and is being tried on as a business model on the internet also#1. In this case it seems that YouTube is trying to restrict views to particular countries for example; release-time restrictions may also be possible in the future to further monetarize#2 video products.

Specific court cases in individual countries, and the policies of governments (censorship) are also playing a powerful force to restrict media to certain regions, or to ban media from certain regions#3. Business models may also play a part in censorship by restricting content/media to certain regions or countries—and this may be seen in the making of laws or in legal battles, or coercive measures by monopolies on users to “opt-in” on agreements to restrict “willingly” their content/media, or be forced to have their content/media removed from the service for example.

As a group that shares and promotes videos, it is useful to know if a video is restricting its content to certain audiences, or regions. Thus when media is shared, it will be known ahead of time if that media will be available world-wide or restricted to certain regions of the world. Regardless of the information that is mentioned below, individual companies and countries can restrict videos if the politics allow for that, and thus it will not always be a certainty if media will actually reach a world-wide audience in reality.

This link will check if a YouTube video is restricted to certain regions: Use this when you want to share a video, but need to know if your share of media will reach the intended audiences. There is some talk that marketing skills will be automated, but this is not true in a monetary society, and even in a Resource Based Economy, a form of explaining things is still required to give each individual personal power to make decisions that may have global consequences.

Depending on a single script to get the answer is a little dangerous, so below here is another way. Two country codes can be found here:

The two country code is most likely the code use by YouTube devs★1.

Manual way to check restrictions using page info, attribution:


— Missing in UZA

NOT: countries missing in UZA, and hence blocked for UZA video: Australia, Germany, New Zealand, United States.

Monetarization also effects who makes the decisions of restricting a YouTube video to certain regions. According to YouTube#4 the video setting is controlled by the user or the person making a claim on the video.

End Notes

★1 Devs = Developers (of software, applications, or programs)


#1 “Simply put, studios make (arguably made, past tense) more money by only letting movie be seen in one window at a time to create scarcity and funnel demand.”

#2 “(transitive) To assign monetary status to; to start circulating and accepting as currency. To monetarize gold.

#3 “YouTube blocking” (censorship) & “…content owners have allowed access to that video only from certain countries or geographic regions.” (denial of service: business models that censors media based on monetarization models to certain time frames and/or regions)

#4 Applies to users who monetarize videos. “If a user’s video is a claimed video, the distribution setting of the claimant, not the user, will apply; If a user’s video is a video with a claim to the music contained within that video, the distribution setting of the claimant, not the user, will apply to the video.” Thus if a team works on a video, who sets the regions becomes complicated as who has a claim on the video can become complicated. Further disruption can occur if claims are made on a video, as it must be sorted out or a producer will lose control over the video it seems. Please note: the rules may change, and the notes may become irrelevant at any time YouTube chooses to change the above rules mentioned here. Always use the source of the rules to determine the current rules that apply to a youtube video—not what is put down here at a particular instance in time.



Last edited in Jun 2016
Gharr is currently in hiatus: “I miss writing all those articles, and sharing all those great things, and ideas on the internet.” 2015

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