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Google launches a YouTube Video Identification Beta

As Google launched the latest content ID tool for YouTube which they describe as "the next step in a long list of content policies and tools that we have provided copyright owners so that they can more easily identify their content and manage how it is made available on YouTube", PublicKnowledge expressed concerns on the effect this could have on fair use rights and overall free flow of information on the internet, in an article titled: "Google Blinks, and Today the Internet is a Little Less Free".

Gigi Sohn of Public Knowledge has said:

"While YouTube should be be praised for making it easy for a user to contest a block, it should also recognize that permitting a copyright holder to have “block” as a default setting will likely limit the free flow of legal content over the Internet. Regardless of whether their use of copyrighted material is legal or fair use (such as commentary or criticism, which can legally use large portions of copyrighted works), many users will simply give up after being blocked (particularly if they fear a possible lawsuit). Or others may not bother to post to YouTube at all. This is why it is critically important that when YouTube sends notices to those users who do get blocked, that they also provide information about users rights, including fair use, so users can make an intelligent choice about whether to challenge their accusers."

"What also causes us great concern is the effect that Google/YouTube’s action will have on every other Internet conduit for copyrighted content, both big and small. Google’s acquiescence to the content industry is likely to become the industry standard - you must filter out copyrighted content, regardless of whether you have Google’s resources to build your own filter."

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What Google initiated here is basically a sort of a DRM. Worst of all, it is a form of DRM which may, after Google, be adopted as a standard over various web sites. It gives, like all DRM, real teeth to the DMCA. If this gets through as it is, draconian copyrights are about to start hurting even more, and even people who used to just ignore it.


Sure looks like a big


Sure looks like a big setback for the homebrew documentary and blogging community and a tighter grip on power for the oligarchy. Maybe there's a silver lining, a bit like the riaa, the crazier they get the more people will reject them, and the easier it is for competetitors to emerge with "what you want" as the unique selling point.

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