Google Forces YouTube Piracy Violators To Attend "Copyright School"

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News Posted: Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:37 PM
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.
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Inspector replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 1:14 PM

OK REALLY??? lol, also that is one of the lamest videos ever made! But i don't upload videos anyways xD

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rrplay replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 4:09 PM

Just the perfect news story for a rather rainy/snowy Saturday afternoon

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pjnissim replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 4:26 PM

Traffic School?!!? Again?!?!

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 5:06 PM

ROfl pjmissim, really though I see the copywright infringement notice all the time. Most notably in multisong, multi artist mixes like 3 of them will have the notice on them. SO if a user can upload a mix and it has 3 infringements on it, but it is still up it would seem to me Google is not policing You Tube very well at all if at all period in reality.

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Wow... this sure got me laughing and yea pjnissim is right its gonna be just like online traffic school

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 12:17 AM

I gotta admit, Google Copyright School would of been boring had they not included those cuddly Happy Tree Friends!

Now whenever I break copyright, I have the delight of seeing those cute cuddly characters and hearing a disembodied voice teach me about copyright on YouTube, thanks so much Google!

 

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They should probably send this to every movie studio and music company that has produced any thing in the last 10 years. Avatar for example????

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robcardiv replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 1:31 AM

sounds like youtube and google may lose my business soon.

lets not pretend like they are the only option out there.

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MythMonk replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 3:02 AM

Really?

I mean, unless you're in the business of infringing on other peoples' copyrights, this shouldn't even begin to affect you.

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Guys  check out my blog ....Let me clear it out straight up -  I  am not a "know it all" ................ but if you have any questions answered in simple language message me at http://copyrightgeek.blogspot.com/ or email me at daureeawo77@gmail.com.

Trust me guys   90% of the people creating the video could so easily have made excellent content without infringing anyones copyright. So message me if you have any questions.

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SBritton replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 3:55 AM

Nice impediment of free-speech YouTube, not your fault I guess. America's judicial system is way off.

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GPiggott replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 4:24 AM

 

Every time they permanently suspend my account I will just open a new account, just to help fill their servers up. If everyone does this they might have a problem.

So going by the video you can not:

Video content from a movie and put in on youtube
Make your own video and put music to it
Video live performances

And you should consult your copyright attorney for advice on fair use policy every time you upload a video?

 

Youtube is a brilliant resource for movie clips (NOTICE CLIPS not copying full length features) and songs amongst other things, If youtube just becomes a site for annoying idiots filming themselves (and having to make their own background music to put over it)  then it will serve no useful purpose any more.

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"Youtube is a brilliant resource for movie clips (NOTICE CLIPS not copying full length features) and songs amongst other things, If youtube just becomes a site for annoying idiots filming themselves (and having to make their own background music to put over it) then it will serve no useful purpose any more."

That sure is the truth most of the stuff on Youtube is junk... What difference is me watching a music video on YouTube or MTV (which does not even play them anymore) It's not like there are full feature films or that people are making loads of money off of their clips.

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Manduh replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 9:58 AM

Ugh, I haven't had my morning coffee yet to digest but it seems pretty pointless.

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Seems like all you have to do is create another account. That would be an easy fix, right? Of course if you keep doing that you could probably go to jail. I just don't see many people actually going to school. I don't post videos, at least not yet, but I know I wouldn't want to go. It seems like it would be a real pain to do so. Like the video though. Silly, but informative for people who don't know. Copyright infringement is something you might not even realize you're doing. Filming concerts has to be on the top of the list though. But like most artists, unless they are doing something bad in it, like Akon, or are going to release their own video, they probably don't care. It's sort of like free publicity.

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jonation replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 11:41 AM

thats why i never really search youtube, I mostly use direct links. trying to find a video on youtube, is like trying to find something useful on google. o wait.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 11:59 AM

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Seems like all you have to do is create another account. That would be an easy fix, right?

Wrong, Google requires you to have a cell phone number to register for a YouTube account (this goes for all of Google by the way.)

All I have to say is let's hope the copyright infringer has tons of money to spend on cell phones because he'll need them to receive those essential verification text messages. This also has the unintended side of effect of leaving people without a cell phone also without a YouTube or gMail account unfortunately.

With that, it really makes you worry about whether what you post on YouTube infringes on copyright, because you only get a few chances to sign up again and once those chances are up then, well; life goes on, you lost that game.

 

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 3:38 PM

>> "If you're a repeat offender, you'll get BANNED FOR LIFE"

Or, for as long as it takes you to create a throw-away email account.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 3:40 PM

>> Wrong, Google requires you to have a cell phone number to register for a YouTube account (this goes for all of Google by the way.)

I believe you're mistaken, Taylor. I just now created a throw-away youtube account as a test and was asked for nothing more than an e-mail verification.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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PFeenstra replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 5:43 PM

^^ Correct, my account required no such authentication, given my cell phone took a dive into my cat's water bowl and I never bothered replacing it lol. Youtube and google alike have gone down hill over the last couple years, sadly. 

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 9:04 PM

3vi1:

>> Wrong, Google requires you to have a cell phone number to register for a YouTube account (this goes for all of Google by the way.)

I believe you're mistaken, Taylor. I just now created a throw-away youtube account as a test and was asked for nothing more than an e-mail verification.

Oh really? How do you explain this?

Tried to create a throwaway account and I got the screen above requiring me to type in my Cell Phone/Phone Number.

So creating a throwaway account may work for some people but most people will have to pass this screen before they can go back on.

 

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FreeJet replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 1:17 AM

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deadmanet replied on Mon, Apr 18 2011 8:16 AM

/sarcasm

Drawing a line in the sand is copywrited by Warner Brothers. Haven't you seen Bugs Bunny do that many times?

/end sarcasm

That was a funny video to watch after a long night at work....lol

As far as the whole policy goes, I don't think it's going to change much. Unless I am not understanding it correctly, someone has to report you for copyright infringement in the first place. So, unless your video is seen by someone who cares about that, you got nothing to worry about.

And besides, there are plenty of videos on Youtube that are put there by people authorized to do so. I don't upload anything myself, but I can see why people would be paranoid about it.

Guess we will just have to see how it goes, and go from there. Not much we can do about it at this point, they aren't going to change it just because a LOT of people don't llike it. They are just protecting their profits.

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2bthere replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 6:01 AM

Haha, that is a good one 'deadmanet'. Maybe soon we will be unceremoniously forced to relive the Stone Age, like playing an old rts type civilyzation game backward ;). (P.S. Please please (sob) don't get me in trouble for using the word 'civelization', I purposely misspelled it. Cheers.

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Marco C replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 10:35 PM

I'm not certain, but I think you'll get that verification screen when Google thinks you're connecting from a mobile device or mobile browser.  Have you tried using a different browser?  I've had IE bug out on me many times and take me to mobile site for some reason.

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RKirby replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 6:50 AM

Really, using the happy tree friends? That has to be the most violent show on Youtube and they pick it for explaining copyright?

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