YouTube Begins Muting Copyrighted Music

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News Posted: Thu, Jan 15 2009 12:08 AM

YouTube has come up with a solution for copyrighted music in videos that doesn't involve pulling the whole video. Apparently, they've just instituted a new policy whereby they mute any copyrighted music from any unauthorized video.



It's unclear when this began, as they didn't announce the policy change. Besides the obvious muting of the video, below the video you will see the message:
This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled. More about copyright


Naturally you won't see this on an embedded video, just on the actual YouTube video page. Here's an example (from above).

If you look at the comments in the videos which are muted, you can see the new policy is not popular (and that's an understatement). And realistically, if they're going to mute the video, why not just pull it? Why keep it up at all? The only example we could think of where it would be nice to keep the video up would be something like the "Dancing Baby" video which was pulled because it had Prince music in the background of an actual baby dancing.



Despite all this, it's far easier to find copyright-infringing videos that are not muted than those that are. Still just in case you find you can't hear anything on a video, don't fiddle with your speakers, audio card, headset, or whatever, until you look for that copyright message.





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peti1212 replied on Thu, Jan 15 2009 12:45 AM

yeah, my film making teacher was just telling us about this, because he wanted to upload some student work to YouTube, and it would not allow him to use copyrighted music. It kind of sucks.

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SSinChina replied on Thu, Jan 15 2009 1:44 AM

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Its kind of silly, really. Its impossible to check all videos for copyrighted content, especially as many videos don't specifically put the song name in the title.

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WTF ever happened to fair use?Angry

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Jan 15 2009 8:23 AM

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WTF ever happened to fair use?Angry

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shanewu replied on Thu, Jan 15 2009 3:19 PM

I was wondering why I felt safer today! Thanks RIAA/MPAA/Congress!

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wow this just might kill youtube...

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jan 16 2009 4:26 PM

This gives me a great idea for a song: Video Killed the Radio Star and YouTube Killed the Video Star and the RIAA Killed YouTube and Indie Music Killed the RIAA.

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