Youtube has announced that their Partner Program is expanding to include Japan, Austrailia, and Ireland. It was previously only available to users in Canada, the UK, and the United States. The program is designed to reward Youtube's most prolific and popular video providers with portions of the ad revenues gained from their videos.
Since December, when it was first made available to all users, the program has paid out more than $1 million to these partners. YouTube first announced a pilot of the program last May, which was offered only to handpicked members of the YouTube community. Now, all users from the aforementioned countries are welcome to apply, but they must still be approved by Youtube based on their popularity and history following the site's TOS.