YouTube is rolling out a major improvement to its strategy on how new video makers are paid. They will now require a channel to collect no less than 10,000 views before they can turn on monetization.
Before this, people were creating new accounts and uploading content from other users, record labels, etc…and able to monetize it. This new 10k lifetime view threshold is being put in place to give YouTube enough time to judge if a new account is legit, or not.
Once you hit 10k views you can apply to be apart of the YouTube Partner Program & if accepted, the company will begin serving ads to your content.