my YouTube account today looked like this. "Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15 minutes," the information note above the upload button said. Cool... I seldom make videos longer than 3 minutes, but knowing there are no limits certainly feels great!
Back in July YouTube raised the upload limit to 15 minutes for all users. Starting past Thursday, they began allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes.
I'm pretty sure that this change will be rolled out to most YouTube users pretty soon. Let's wait and see.
This launch has been made possible in part by the continued advances in the Content ID system, as well as our other tools for copyright owners. YouTube says over 1000 global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube, including every major U.S. movie studio and music label.