Google Forces YouTube Piracy Violators To Attend "Copyright School"

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.