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Google to begin massive copyright filtering on YouTube in September

YouTube, once the wild west of user-fuelled Internet broadcasting, will soon have a new sheriff in town. Google, owner of YouTube, said that it hopes to have new technology in place in September to half the posting of copyrighted videos on its website.

Google lawyer Philip S. Beck told a U.S. District Judge currently involved in the company’s legal matters that YouTube is working “very intensely and cooperating” with major content companies on video recognition technology as sophisticated as the fingerprint technology used by the F.B.I., according to the Associated Press.

Beck described the system as a recognition technology that would rely on digital fingerprints that copyright holders would provide to YouTube to help filter out illegal uploads. Once the fingerprint is in the system, YouTube’s software would be able to recognized and remove it within a minute or two.

Google says that it hopes that its new software would end the complaints – and litigation – from companies such as Viacom.

“Perhaps the filtering mechanism will help. If so, we’ll be very grateful for that,” said Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., a lawyer for Viacom.

In March, Viacom filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that the Mountain View, Calif. software company intentionally committed massive copyright infringement of Viacom’s properties. The lawsuit seeks more than $1 billion in damages, in addition to an injunction that will prohibit Google/YouTube from further copyright infringement. Google later responded to the lawsuit by denying that it had done anything illegal.

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Will it work?
By AntiM on 7/30/2007 8:31:53 AM , Rating: 1
I don't think the content owners will be totally happy with this arrangement. As far as I can tell, it still puts the onus on them to identify and notify YouTube of infringing content and to request it's removal. It will certainly prevent the content from being reposted though.
I see more litigation on the horizon.

RE: Will it work?
By FastLaneTX on 7/30/2007 10:53:33 AM , Rating: 2
The whole point of this is that searching for violations won't be required anymore. The copyright owners will create fingerprints of their content, and GooTube will block the upload of any files that match that fingerprint -- even the first time. This, of course, relies on them submitting fingerprints of everything they own ahead of time, but if they don't do that then GooTube gets away scot free.

RE: Will it work?
By marvdmartian on 7/30/2007 12:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much, the onus is on the copyright holder to make the complaint against the person/site that's infringing on their copyright. Once that complaint is made, then it's on the person/site to take down the offending material as soon as possible.

I've never been much impressed with youtube, with few exceptions, and thought the whole thing about the apple iphone bragging point about having youtube on your phone was sort of silly, at best.
[sarcasm]Yeah, I want to waste my minutes on watching youtube videos on my phone! [/sarcasm]

RE: Will it work?
By psyph3r on 7/31/2007 8:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
actually you tube works on edge network...which is data...which unlimited on all iphone plans. minutes are only used for talking.

RE: Will it work?
By soydios on 7/30/2007 12:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
What you described is exactly how the DMCA is worded.

RE: Will it work?
By AraH on 7/31/2007 8:38:50 AM , Rating: 2
the question is whether this affects currently posted videos... because they still have to START encoding the fingerprints (unless they have already done this) which means that at most, it will only affect shows that air now/are on shelves now...? and does anyone know if compression algorithms would affect the fingerprints?

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