Similar to TikTok, YouTube Shorts will soon begin watermarking downloaded videos.

With the rapid rise in popularity of YouTube Shorts, the short-form video app is now stealing another concept from TikTok: watermarks on downloaded films.

You may have observed some creators that re-upload their TikTok content if you watch short films on YouTube Shorts or Instagram Reels. Since TikTok has long added a watermark with the platform’s logo and the creator’s username to any video downloaded from the app, it is typically pretty evident.

YouTube Shorts will now use the same watermarking technique.

The corporation said on a YouTube support page that users who download their own videos would notice a YouTube Shorts watermark. The modification was done to make sure that viewers can notice that, even if the content has been submitted to another short-form site, it can also be accessed on YouTube Shorts.

You will now notice a watermark on your downloaded content if you are a creator who downloads your Shorts from YouTube Studio to share on other platforms. To make it clear to your audience that the video you’re sharing across platforms is from YouTube Shorts, we’ve added a watermark to the Shorts you download.

Although the exact design of these new watermarks is not yet known, it appears safe to infer that they will resemble TikTok’s watermark and be a somewhat animated version of the Shorts logo.

YouTube Shorts logo
TikToks animated watermark

According to YouTube, this feature will be introduced gradually over the coming weeks on YouTube’s desktop website and at a later time on mobile apps.
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