An Attorney working for US video sharing site Youtube has told a court that they are near theÂ 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 Âhopefully byÂ SeptemberÂ.
The system is believed to use fingerprinting technology to compare the videos submitted by usersÂ with those of copyrighted material. This approach differs greatly from Youtubes previous approachÂ 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 ofÂ high profile lawsuits against them (Viacom, The Premier League, Bourne), this latest step is seenÂ as purely inevitable.