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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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It was nice while it lasted
By ForumMaster on 7/30/2007 9:29:42 AM , Rating: 5
Well, there goes youtube.

one aspect of the site was that you could find short, funny clips from TV shows and things like that.
if they completly eliminate that, and only allow user-created content, the hordes will simply find another site that let's them upload what ever the hell they want.

RE: It was nice while it lasted
By omnicronx on 7/30/2007 10:24:52 AM , Rating: 2
I would no worry too much yet, I am not sure 100% how it works, but digital fingerprinting usually works with an indexing system. Essentially if it is not in the index, it wont be blocked, and it still doesn't work 100% of the time.
Of course google's new system could be better, but something gives me a feeling with a little know how, the system could be bypassed.. maybe this could get rid of a little of the crap on youtube.. including hundreds of duplicated videos and songs ;)

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