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YouTube to auto-block copyrighted clips soon

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Fri July 27, 2007

YouTube Auto Blocking

Google will soon automatically block illegally uploaded movies on YouTube in the near future, a member of the search engine firm's legal team said on Friday. In a courtroom defending itself against Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit, the lawyer explained that Google and YouTube had developed a form of video fingerprinting that could automatically identify clips based on their similarity to a certain profile, screening illegally copied segments from reaching the site's public pages. The process takes a few minutes but would complete in time to have a meaningful impact on copyrighted works, Google claimed.

The technique should be ready by September and might play a decisive role in ending the Viacom suit, which alleges that YouTube has knowingly done little to pull down copyrighted TV shows and other segments as they appear. Google and others have denied any wrongdoing and note that the current system makes it difficult to permanently remove clips, as new uploads of bootleg videos are likely to occur just as old ones are taken down.

Neither Google nor Viacom has commented on the effect the auto-blocking system will have on the lawsuit.

by MacNN Staff




  1. dezinewiz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Bring on the cracks?

    Let's face it music and entertainment industry -


    Ummm, try composite out of any media player into another recorder?? COMPOSITE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT COPY PROTECTION!!

    When are the lawyers going to get their heads out of their "law books", and when are people going to get together (Steve Jobs, anyone?), and come out with a wonderful, PROFITABLE AND EQUITABLE solution for all??

    I recall a case of a wonderful artist asking her public what she felt her music was worth, and then said public paid out in honesty. Turns out, she did really, really well!

    Ideas?? Ideas??

    Enjoy the white board grind stone!


  1. growlf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Composite doesn't care?

    I understand what you're saying, but Macrovision is pretty effective for blocking direct copies over composite, and has been for a looooong time:

    Of course, there are Macrovision scrubbers and I entirely agree with your underlying assessment. As long as a buffer somewhere contains the pixels that the playback device is outputting, someone somewhere will figure out how to dump it.

    Not sure this is relevant to YouTube, but eh... :)

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lawyers Stop Suing?

    Suuuuure. Like they actually give a darn about YouTube and copyrights. All they care about is extortion.

    Exactly how many people confirmed to sainthood by the church were lawyers?

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