YouTube Anti-Piracy Patch Not Ready... Yet
January 3, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
Community networking and video-sharing website YOUTUBE could not keep its promise to incorporate anti-piracy software by year's end to tackle illegal use of copyrighted content on the website.
YOUTUBE admitted FRIDAY (12/29) it will not be formally launching the new "content identification system" anytime soon. It did not provide any details regarding when the system will be available, except to say that it has been carrying out tests in association with some media companies since OCTOBER.
The highly popular website, now owned by GOOGLE, had said in SEPTEMBER that it would introduce the content identification system by the new year. The system is a sophisticated technology intended to identify copyrighted music or video being used on the site by its users and to prevent it from being displayed.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has threatened legal action against sites like YOUTUBE and MYSPACE, claiming that the sites are content infringers that owe the company tens of millions of dollars. UNIVERSAL subsequently entered into a partnership agreement with YOUTUBE in anticipation that the website would implement the content identification system.
WARNER MUSIC GROUP also has an agreement with YOUTUBE under which YOUTUBE can distribute its library of music videos, artist interviews and other content and allow people to incorporate the music from its catalogues into works they create and post on the website. However, that revenue-sharing agreement also necessitates that YOUTUBE have a piracy-prevention system in place.