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YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will 'Manually' Review Some Claims 71

thomst writes "David Kravets of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that Google's Thabet Alfishawi has announced YouTube will alter its algorithms 'that identify potentially invalid claims. We stop these claims from automatically affecting user videos and place them in a queue to be manually reviewed.' YouTube's Content ID algorithms have notably misfired in recent months, resulting in video streams as disparate as Curiosity's Mars landing and Michelle Obama's Democratic Convention speech being taken offline on specious copyright infringement grounds. Kravets states, 'Under the new rules announced Wednesday, however, if the uploader challenges the match, the alleged rights holder must abandon the claim or file an official takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.' (A false takedown claim under the DMCA can result in non-trivial legal liability.)" Update: 10/05 11:24 GMT by S : Google has clarified its earlier comments. The user videos will be placed in a queue for manual review not by Google, but by the content owners.
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YouTube Alters Copyright Algorithms, Will 'Manually' Review Some Claims

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  • by stephanruby ( 542433 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @05:38PM (#41553373)

    Yes, there was one case I remember, but it wasn't some random take down. It was about a designer initiating a take down on a youtube video because she felt the movie producer/aborigin artist was still owing her money for her design work. The designer lost big in court, especially because the movie producer/artist could prove that he was receiving real income from his art pieces and her take down had a real provable effect on his loss of income at the time.

  • by dreampod ( 1093343 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @05:48PM (#41553447)

    Because they don't have to. Since it is their property they can institute any rules or program that they want (provided obviously that it doesn't break the law) that will help them manage their service or please their partners. In this case they offered a content matching and content removal system to their corporate clients as a means to encourage them to use youtube heavily and stop suing them. The reason youtube is changing their policy is that it has been heavily abused and is starting to generate negative publicity and shift users elsewhere not because they have any obligation to.

    They have always accepted DMCA notices but also allowed an alternative non-DMCA process too.

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @06:35PM (#41553765) Journal

    Because if someone challenges the DMCA complaint and the DMCA complainer disappears, Google is the one who gets held liable.

    That's absolutely untrue. The entire point of the DMCA is the safe harbor provisions for service providers. If you take an item down in response to a well formed DMCA complaint there is no valid cause against you, even if the DMCA complainer disappears.

  • by Jonah Hex ( 651948 ) <> on Thursday October 04, 2012 @11:12PM (#41555311) Homepage Journal
    I uploaded a video on September 9th of all original music by my best friend's band. I am still waiting for the "current" dispute process to complete. What disturbs me the most is that as someone who wants to create new, original content I can have the "best time" for my video to draw hits and thus the most monetization redirected away from the producer. I haven't bothered with searching the Copyright Center on this video since frankly it's friends/family watching it and not a huge monetary draw for anyone, but what if this happens with original content with a huge amount of hits? []

    For anyone interested, here is the text of the "Disputed Claim" with the link to their Copyright Center. (links to the individual claim removed)

    Idiots Avant - Reunion/Demise Show
    Your video may include the following copyrighted content:
    Disputed claims
    "There Goes Norman", musical composition administered by:
    One or more music publishing rights collecting societies Your dispute awaiting response by 10/09/12
    UMPG Publishing Your dispute awaiting response by 10/09/12
    What does this mean?
    After your dispute has been submitted, your video will soon be available on YouTube without ads for third parties. This is a temporary status and might change at any time.
    Learn more about copyright on YouTube. []

    This claim does not affect your account status.


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