YouTube Adds Filters After German Copyright Case


Google was told strengthen YouTube’s filter technology in Germany after a lawsuit over user’s copyrighted material. See here a video report from Newsy:

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A German court ruled Friday – Google needs to pump up protection.

A suit filed back in 2010 by GEMA—the German royalty agency representing roughly 60,000 artists—claimed YouTube had violated copyright laws on specific pieces of music uploaded by users. explains—

“The court ruled that once a YouTube post has been flagged, the company must use its monitoring software to make sure that further copyright infringement does not occur, which would include live recording and alternate mixes.”

In the case, YouTube argued it wasn’t responsible for any user-generated content, but was merely a place to share it. The Hamburg District Court said that’s true—until it has been informed of copyright infringement.

Google isn’t expressing any hard feelings though—telling The New York Times

“‘The ruling is a partial success for the music industry in general, for our users as well as artists, composers, YouTube and other Web platforms in Germany.’”

But the BBC says Google might not be holding their head high for very long.

“If YouTube is forced to pay royalties for all the clips used on the site it will face a huge bill…the ruling could also slow the rate at which video is posted to the site as many music clip would have to be cleared for copyright before being used…it is estimated that about 60 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube worldwide every minute.”

And a member of the digital rights group EDRi told Computerworld – Google shouldn’t be the only company concerned about the filter flux.

“‘It is another step towards the privatization and very fallible automation of our rights to communicate online. How healthy is the cultural life of a society which effectively bans itself from parody and mash-up of existing cultural expressions?’”

BusinessWeek reports Google will review the 30-page verdict before making any decisions.

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Sources: Ars Technica New York Times BBC ComputerWorld Business Week

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