YouTube To Filter Copyrighted Materials

Google has finally started detailing the specific details of their plan to filter copyrighted material from their video service, YouTube.  Hopefully this will appease media giants such as Viacom, who have filed suit against Google.

The plan will take effect in September, and will use digital video fingerprinting to help ID copyrighted material.

There are no estimates yet about how long this plan might take to achieve results deemed acceptable to Viacom and company.
“Google, which acquired YouTube in October, plans to generate a library of digital video fingerprints that would be used by a computer system to screen clips being uploaded to YouTube, said Philip Beck, one of the attorneys representing Google and YouTube. Beck added that the screening process would take only a few minutes to determine whether a clip is copyright material.”