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Big Media Abusing Copyright and Killing Fair-Use.

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youtube-logoEFF.org: This is what it’s come to. Teenagers singing “Winter Wonderland” being censored off YouTube.

Fair use has always been at risk on YouTube, thanks to abusive DMCA takedown notices sent by copyright owners (sometimes carelessly, sometimes not). But in the past several weeks, two things have made things much worse for those who want to sing a song, post an a capella tribute, or set machinima to music.

First, it appears that more and more copyright owners are using YouTube’s automated copyright filtering system (known as the Content ID system), which tests all videos looking for a “match” with “fingerprints” provided by copyright owners.

Second, thanks to a recent spat between YouTube and Warner Music Group, YouTube’s Content ID tool is now being used to censor lots and lots of videos (previously, Warner just silently shared in the advertising revenue for the videos that included a “match” to its music).

bspcommentThis is what is coming to Canada when the federal Tories stones grow big enough to once again table their universally dispised Bill C-61 and it’s various incarnations. Bill C-61 (or what ever it ends up numbers) coupled with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will permanently criminalize fair-use in Canada and will have the added “benefit” of spending your tax dollars to fight on behave of the content owners rather then they themselves having to spend a dime of their precious copyright profits defending their material in what are now civil matters.


Written by mattliving

February 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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