Medium Partner Program Terms


Effective as of July 5, 2018

These terms (the “Partner Program Terms”) govern A Medium Corporation’s (“Medium”) partner program (“Partner Program”). Through Medium’s Partner Program, you can put a post from your user account behind Medium’s paywall (“locking” a post) and receive revenue based on its performance among Medium Members.

By participating in the Partner Program, you agree to these Partner Program Terms, as well as Medium’s Terms of ServicePrivacy PolicyRules, and Partner Program Guidelines, and all other terms and conditions that generally apply to the Medium website and mobile applications (all of these together are the “Terms”).

Please read the Partner Program Terms carefully. If you don’t understand them, or don’t accept any part of them, then you can’t participate in the Partner Program. Your online acceptance of Medium’s Terms form a binding agreement between you and Medium and show your intent to be bound by them.

Locked Posts & Monetization

User posts

For each locked post associated with your account, you have the chance to receive revenue based on various performance factors, including reader engagement. Based on the performance of a post, Medium will pay you a portion of revenues received by Medium from subscription fees, as determined by Medium. Medium will send you payment for any revenues accrued during a given calendar month by sending payment after that month. Medium reserves the right to adjust at any time the factors by which post performance and revenue are determined.

User Posts & Medium Publications

A locked post may be included in a Medium publication. The writer chooses whether to lock a post and will receive the same amount of funds through the Partner Program regardless of whether the post is included in a publication. A publication will not receive any funds from the Partnership Program based on the performance of a locked post in that publication. As with any post, either the writer or the publication owner or editors may choose to remove a locked post from a publication at any time.

The above arrangement may be modified on a case-by-case basis, such as for publications operating on Medium that commission or own their content. For any such publication planning to receive proceeds from a post's performance, this arrangement must be made clear to any writer potentially affected and agreed upon in advance with a given post's writer.

Necessary Rights

You may only lock a post (i.e., place it behind Medium’s paywall) if you have sufficient rights to make commercial use of the content in it, including text, video, and audio elements. Medium may require you to provide documentation proving you own sufficient rights to lock a post.

The consequences of locking posts when you lack the rights to do so or failing to provide adequate documentation upon request include the unlocking of posts, withholding of revenue, suspension or termination from the Partner Program, and suspension or termination of your Medium account.

You are not entitled to earn or receive any revenue in connection with your content in any of the following circumstances: (1) if one or more third parties claim rights to any element(s) of your content, (2) if monetization is disabled by Medium for a post, or (3) if your participation in the Medium Partner Program is suspended or terminated. If any of these occur, Medium will use reasonable efforts to notify you.

These Partner Terms are not legal advice. If you plan to lock and monetize a post containing any content you did not create, you may want to talk to a lawyer first to ensure you own all rights required to do so.


Medium reserves the right to unlock a post at any time, which will end that post’s ability to generate revenue. Medium reserves the right in its sole discretion to terminate your participation in the Partner Program at any time.

Account and Payout Method Requirement

In order to accrue or receive payment of any revenues under the Partner Program, you must, at all times, have an active Medium account and a payout method associated with it. Medium does not owe you for any revenues that may be associated with your content during any period in which you do not have a valid account or payout method.

Changes or Discontinuation of Partner Program

Medium reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Partner Program with or without notice to you. Medium will not be liable to you or any third party for any such modification, suspension, or termination. Medium may change these Partner Program Terms from time to time so we encourage you to periodically review this page for most up-to-date version. If you refuse to accept the updated Partner Program Service Terms then Medium reserves its right to suspend or terminate your participation in the Partner Program.


By using the Partner Program, you consent to receiving communications from us related to it, including marketing communications such as newsletters, special offers, promotional announcements, and customer surveys, to your registered email address or via other methods.


If required by law, you are responsible for reporting and paying any applicable taxes in connection with your participation in the Partner Program. Such taxes may include duties, customs fees, or other taxes (other than income tax), along with any related penalties or interest.

Governing Law & Forum

The governing law, mandatory forum, and dispute resolution provisions of Medium’s Terms of Service also apply to these Partner Program Terms and any dispute arising under them.


You participate in the Partner Program at your own risk. You agree that you are solely responsible for your actions in connection with the Partner Program, any breach of your obligations under the Partner Program Terms, and for the consequences of any such breach.

Any capitalized terms used but not defined in these Partner Program Terms have the meanings given to them in Medium’s Terms of Service. Except as modified by these Terms, Medium’s Terms of Service remain in effect. Medium’s right to modify or revise the Terms of Service also applies to these Partner Program Terms.

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