Back during the summer, YouTube raised the time limit on video uploads to 15 minutes for all users.  There was much fanfare and rejoicing in the streets.  But soon, users realized that 15 minutes was only five minutes longer than 10, and still pretty restrictive as far as the kinds of videos users can upload.  But there's good news for content creators who are longing for a release from their time-limit shackles:  YouTube has removed the time limit entirely for some users.

Now, before you start your dance of joy, I should warn you:  not everyone's getting this feature.  YouTube appears to be basing it on whether or not the user has historically followed their Community Guidelines or rules about copyrighted material.  In other words... if you've been naughty, you probably won't see this option in your account.  Conversely, if you've been good... consider this an early Christmas present.

Sadly, even if you've been a law-abiding YouTube citizen, there's no guarantee your account is one of the chosen few.  Log into your YouTube account and click "Upload" to find out if you are now limit-free.  I have a couple YouTube accounts, none of which has ever broken the guidelines or copyright rules, and yet all still have the 15 minute time limit.  Dang.

But the greater point I want to make is this: clearly time limits are a temporary annoyance that YouTube is going to do away with entirely at some point.  If you don't have the limitless-upload feature yet, you will.  We all will.  It's an inevitable move that simply makes as much sense for YouTube as it does for their users--the more video uploaded, the more video viewers there will be... and the more ads YouTube can sell.

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I used to think the time limits were about bandwidth--keep the videos short so we can host more clips from more users.  But at over 2 billion views a day and 35 hours of video uploaded every minute... I think it's probably safe to say that YouTube has some pretty good scalability in place to continue growing with the overall storage size of the content they host.

No, it's actually the copyright issue that seems to be the real reason time limits are hanging around.  In their blog post last week, YouTube specifically points out the improvements over recent months to their Content ID system as the reason they're able to let some users go limit-free.

Removing  the time limits on video uploads opens up a whole new world of creativity for video producers, potentially giving them a larger "canvass" on which to "paint."  I'm pretty excited to see what the best creators are able to do with no restraints on time.  In particular, this should be the start of a brand new day of optimism for producers of online web series.

  • Paulo Aragão

    my account has said that i had more time wich is pretty cool now i can upload my 17 min minecraft ep lol mayby 1 hour videos i dont know

  • Geodholatv

    This facility is taken off from my account yesterday suddenly, as people love to watch hours of length cricket matches which they play here in local leagues and I cover their games and put it on, but sadly now I cant do it and they are also worried. :( For me it was great facility from Youtube to upload videos of more than 15 minutes and i really request them to give me back that facility. Thanks !

  • PedroMondoza

    Yeah my account is now unlimited i think. i logged in today and it says " Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video." cool eh :)

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  • lemon

    Nice news, :)
    yeah, easier and cooler for those who record movies and TV to upload per time.
    BTW: then this tips "How to upload and edit YouTube videos" in iFunia seems also make sense for those sharing ;)