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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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I was thinking
By Nik00117 on 7/30/2007 11:53:38 AM , Rating: 2
At first I was like who would even brother using youtube to priate when they are better sources.

Then a previous user bought up funny TV clips.

I agree i've watched those TV Clips, just short little clips of a really great moment on TV. Those could be gone as well.




RE: I was thinking
By sscilli on 7/30/2007 4:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
This will probably force people to go out and discover all the better sources for pirated content that there are :P. I'd rather have people watching short, crappy quality clips of my show than make them all learn how to download it in HD.


RE: I was thinking
By christojojo on 7/30/2007 11:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
By crappy, do you mean heavily pixelated low rez choppy, poorly editted narcissitic crap?

If so, you know, there are at least 10 decent videos on youtube. (mild sarcasm)


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