YouTube Still Battling Pirates


Posted April 18, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Remember last year when Google CEO Eric Schmidt promised an audience of TV and radio broadcasters to roll out a system that would mean the end of piracy at YouTube?

"We are in the process of developing tools which are called 'Claim Your Content,'" Schmidt said at the National Association of Broadcasters 2007 conference. "If people tell us this is a licensed copy, our computers will automatically detect that an illegal copy has been uploaded and then automatically delete it." He promised copyright violation at the site would soon become "a moot issue."

Well, it turns out that when he said moot issue, he really meant a continuing issue.

Executives with two entertainment companies that provide YouTube with feedback on its Video Identification system said the company's filtering technology is nowhere near perfect and overall test results are "inconclusive."

Why? Because thousands of clips from feature films and TV shows produced by the largest entertainment conglomerates in the world are still up on Youtube , that’s why!

"We still see our content pop up on YouTube," CNN.com Executive Producer Sandy Malcolm told the Associated Press this week. "You deal with it. You try to work with them on rights and things, but I don't think you can completely stop it. You just try to beat the tide and try to get your content out as fast as you can."

Google execs continue to say they respect copyright and are working to protect it.

But until then, enjoy!

News.com: YouTube's filtering issues still not 'moot'

YouTube Still Battling Pirates


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