If you thought coming up with video ideas, filming yourself for hours on end and uploading your content to the Internet for the world to see is the hardest thing about being a YouTuber… then you’re totally wrong. For a houseful of gamers in Cobb County in Georgia, they’ve just been banned from uploading anymore YouTube content because apparently they need a business license to continue. Here’s what’s up…
Justin “KOSDFF” Chandler recently moved to Georgia with a bunch of his friends and fellow YouTube creators into a house where they could vlog, play games and basically live the best life ever.
However, thanks to a neighbour who got p*ssed, their dream is collapsing in on themselves because now the government think that uploading to YouTube counts as “running a business from your home”. As a result, they’re being evicted.
In a vlog, entitled “We’re Homeless”, Justin goes on to explain that the Homeowner’s Association smacked him with a warning stating that he would need to pay fines of $136 per day otherwise they would be evicted. He also raises an incredibly good point: “Does filming and uploading YouTube videos from your home constitute the home as a business?
You can see Justin go into more details about why he was banned in the vlog below.
With millions of people across the planet uploading their own videos to YouTube, the line between what turns a hobby into a business is getting increasingly more blurred. Apparently his gaming “equipment” is the main reason why it looks like he’s running a business, but what happens if you have to host a Skype meeting from home for your regular, ordinary job? Are you running a business then too?!
Dana Johnson, the head of Cobb County’s community development said that Justin and Co has only received their “notice of violation” because they had “too many unrelated people living in the same house” in addition to the fact that none of them had a “business license” – although Justin has since paid the $470 for it.
But fear not, with a new business license and plenty of offers to stay in neighbouring counties, Justin and his friends should be safe to continue on with their YouTube dream. However, with a houseful of people with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, the question remains around the precise moment when YouTube does become a career… if you have any thoughts on this topic, let us know in the comments below!