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Old 01-04-2007, 11:23 PM   #1
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Arrow YouTube misses its piracy protection deadline

The video distribution service now owned by Google has long been considered a likely magnet for lawsuits. Assurances made to studios and other content providers by Google last year, however, made it clear that Google intended to roll out an anti-piracy audio screening tool by the end of 2006 in order to reduce instances of piracy on the website.

Given that it's now 2007, YouTube has missed its deadline; a move that could potentially unravel positive content sharing relationships that Google worked to establish with studios following last year's acquisition.

It's widely thought that if Google doesn't make ammends within weeks, the service will act to attract countless lawsuits from unhappy content owners and distributors whose rights are currently being trampelled by the service.

For more on this, see:
http://www.aspnews.com/news/article.php/3651996
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:31 PM   #2
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Why didn't YouTube already get those lawsuits or have them now? What stopped them before but soon won't?
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:37 PM   #3
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Its going to be one Smart A.I. Youtube is developing to figure out whats pirated or not in their database. Someone should tell them to outsource the filtering while they wait for it to be finished.
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Why didn't YouTube already get those lawsuits or have them now? What stopped them before but soon won't?
YouTube has received a few lawsuits previously. Before Google's acquisition, they were still gaining traction and likely hadn't appeared as a serious media distribution threat, so many of the larger studios just kept them on the radar.

Once Google acquired the service, it gained a great degree of legitimacy and continued to grow, which has made it a major video delivery platform. The site has been hit with some small lawsuits lately (such as the suit from a French documentarian that was settled recently) and large cease and decist orders (such as the major pressure applied by a Japanese entertainment consortium that forced Google to remove tens of thousands of illegal clips from the service.

What has held back many more lawsuits is Google's assurance that piracy protection would be put in place before the end of 2006, which is what this thread is about. It's on the basis of that claim that many studios and content providers chose to provide legal content of their own to Google, on the assumption that Google would at least protect them against users uploading additional copyright content owned by the partner.

As such, not only could Google's tardiness attract new suits from major studios, it could undermine relationships the service has established with current content providing partners (such as the NHL and CBS).
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Its going to be one Smart A.I. Youtube is developing to figure out whats pirated or not in their database. Someone should tell them to outsource the filtering while they wait for it to be finished.
Apparently it's audio filtering, so unless the system grabs snippets from the voices of popular performers and TV identities, it will be driven by one truly mammoth audio database.
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It sounds like YouTube won't be a sancuary for those without satelite anymore. If episodes were provided legally (as is starting to happen) illigal ones would no longer be used and therefore would be less likely to still be on the net.
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