It recently came to my attention that a lot of MLM companies and their distributors are using Vimeo to distribute videos. The main reason is because a lot of Network Marketing detractors like to go on YouTube and provide what pops up as “related videos” saying that the company is a scam. This tactic, of course, is terrible because a lot of ethical companies are damaged by it. However, the defection to Vimeo isn’t going to work for you.
I was recently researching Vimeo for a client, and came across this clause in the terms of service:
You may not upload videos pertaining to multi-level marketing (MLM), get-rich-quick schemes, cash gifting, work-from-home businesses, or any other dubious money-making ventures.
Don’t you just love how the ignorant lump MLM with “dubious” activities? Even though it is a perfectly legitimate way to do business? (And by the way, if you’re in party plan, don’t think you’re off the hook. This applies to you too.)
Undeterred, I reached out to Vimeo to get clarification on the issue. I told them how I completely understood them not wanting to have “dubious” companies and reps sharing their content, however I had a question about legitimate companies. Companies who were members of the DSA, comply with the DSA Code of Ethics, and the way they do business is completely legal. Surely these were OK? Here’s the response I received:
Hi Jen,For more information about what we allow and do not allow on Vimeo, please read our Community and PRO guidelines.Community Guidelines: https://vimeo.com/help/guidelinesPRO Guidelines: https://vimeo.com/help/pro_guidelinesSpecifically in our PRO guidelines we state that you may not upload videos that promote fraudulent schemes, multi level marketing (MLM) schemes, get rich quick schemes, online gaming and gambling, cash gifting, work from home businesses, or any other dubious money-making ventures. Thanks,Sincerely,Alex DCommunity Consultant, Canada
Thanks for getting back to me. I read these guidelines. My question is about MLMs that aren’t “schemes” but instead legitimate business opportunities. Thanks so much for your help.
Hi Jen, To clarify, we do not allow any MLM content on Vimeo.Sincerely,Alex DCommunity Consultant, Canada
Now there’s a part of me that sympathizes with Vimeo. It’s hard enough for direct sales companies to make sure everyone in their own salesforce is in compliance with what they are and are not allowed to say online. If Vimeo allowed MLMs, they would essentially be a compliance department for the entire industry. And they would have to hire at least a million people just to police our industry. Until we collectively behave better, we’re going to see bans like this across the board, and it stinks.
So if you’re a direct sales company or distributor with content on Vimeo, here’s a heads up. You are not allowed to use Vimeo. If you have content there, you risk having it removed (and losing it!) because you are in violation of their guidelines.
What do you think of these rules? Would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.