Here's a silly one to get you smiling on a Saturday. YouTube and parent
company Google has been toughening up their copyright laws lately, and
if you violate them, you'll now be required to attend "copyright school"
and pass a test afterwards before any additional uploads are allowed.
It may sound comedic and childish, but actually, it sounds like a plan
that may actually teach a few lessons. YouTube has been under fire from
just about everyone: movie makers, music makers, etc., all of whom are
expecting Google to do more to combat piracy.
With the new rules in place, YouTube users will be notified whenever
they violate a policy, and then they'll have to hit the classroom before
uploading more. According to the site: "Because copyright law can be
complicated, education is critical to
ensure that our users understand the rules and continue to play by them.
That’s why today we’re releasing a new tutorial on copyright and a
redesigned copyright help center. We’re also making two changes to our
copyright process to be sure that our users understand the rules, and
that users who abide by those rules can remain active on the site."
If you violate the new rules three times, regardless of anything else,
YouTube will yank the plug on you, suspending your account and your
ability to break the rules. Christopher J. Dodd, the new head of the
Motion Picture Assn. of America, was understandably pleased, but still
yearns for more: "To help demonstrate whether its new program is
effective, we would hope
that Google shares the data regarding its impact on repeat infringers as
well as details on the speed in which it takes down illegal content
found on its sites," Dodd said in a statement. "We also hope that Google
will now take long overdue steps to address its role as a search engine
in providing priority listings and rankings for rogue sites offering
stolen movies and television shows."
We hope you never end up having to take the course yourself, but here's a
cute video for those who'd care to school themselves anyway.