No more copyrighted videos on Youtube

An Attorney working for US video sharing site Youtube has told a court that they are near the completion of a system to filter out copyrighted content.

Youtube attorney Philip S Beck told the court that the new system would be in place “hopefully by September”.

The system is believed to use fingerprinting technology to compare the videos submitted by users with those of copyrighted material. This approach differs greatly from Youtubes previous approach to copyright protection, i.e. do nothing unless the copyright owners ask them to.

Pressure on the website has increased since Google bought Youtube, and there have been a number of high profile lawsuits against them (Viacom, The Premier League, Bourne), this latest step is seen as purely inevitable.

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