August 02, 2007

YouTube has recently announced its plans to implement a digital technology aimed at curbing copyright infringement of videos posted by users on its website. According to the Geek.com article (link below), this technology is expected to be implemented sometime in September and “should be as good as FBI fingerprint technology in identifying videos that include content that is copyrighted.” As reported by the Associated Press (FOXNews.com AP article link below), “[t]he video recognition technology will allow those holding copyrights on videos to provide a digital fingerprint, so that if anyone tries to share a copyrighted video, the system will shut it down within a minute or so.” According to that article, “hundreds of thousands” of videos are now exchanged by users of YouTube per day. In response to several copyright infringement lawsuits filed against YouTube, it states that its actions to reduce infringement exceed those requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), noting further that it alleges to immediately comply with requests to remove unauthorized material from its website.

Geek.com Article: LINK
AP Article (via FOXNews.com): LINK

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