YouTube to filter out pirated video by September

Written by Tim Smalley

July 29, 2007 // 12:39 p.m.

Tags: #action #class #copyright #fingerprint #google #lawsuits #lawyer #piracy #prevention #technology #video #youtube

A Google lawyer told the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday that YouTube hopes to launch a new piracy prevention system in September that’s designed to stop copyright videos appearing on the site.

Phillip Beck, who represented YouTube and parent company Google, said that the video sharing site plans to generate a library of digital video fingerprints that would be used to check clips being uploaded for copyrighted material – a process that would take a matter of minutes.

After numerous class action lawsuits against the video sharing site, Google and YouTube have repeatedly promised to implement better copyright protections, but the two are yet to deliver on those promises.

This new technology, which is claimed to be as sophisticated as the FBI’s fingerprint technology, should “hopefully eliminate such disputes in the future,” said Beck. He then added that the Internet giant believes the technology goes to greater lengths in preventing copyright infringement than the law requires.

The lawsuits against YouTube were combined for trial purposes and lawyers representing the copyright owners suing the video sharing site said that they would welcome any improvement that prevents copyright infringement. However, they think YouTube should have acted much sooner than it is.

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