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August 1, 2007

YouTube To Implement Copyright Filters in Fall

YouTube announced last week that it will offer filtering technology for videos on the site.  Copyright holders would provide digital fingerprints that YouTube would use to detect illegal videos during the upload process.  Once detected, the upload would halt, thus keeping the world safe from, say, Stephen Colbert.  Viacom was thrilled at the new system coming, which should be sometime this fall.  That joy, however, did not extend to the suit at hand, which Viacom said they would nonetheless prosecute with full vigor.

No other details are available on how the system works, whether it can distinguish between copyright violations and fair use of copyrighted material and whether there will be a process to sort all of that out short of a lawsuit.

See the stories in Ars Technica, Wired, and iTWire.

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