Wednesday, October 10, 2012
YouTube refines ContentID, improves appeals process for "secondary" infringement
Electronic Frontier Foundation is reporting that YouTube has upgraded its ContentID system to make erroneous takedowns (or monetizations) less likely.
The story by Parker Higgins is here.
ContentID actually goes above what is required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown mechanism. Probable infractions are automatically flagged, but never refinements will lead to manual human review in some cases, and will give posters an clearer opportunity to challenge a takedown before a formal DMCA notice, if the supposed copyright owner has rejected a preliminary dispute.
Reelseo also has an account of the ContentID issue here.
There have been problems where an original owner is mistakenly identified as an infringer because someone else reposted parts of her video.
Tim Schmoyer explains the “accidental secondary infringement problem” at the beginning of this video from Reelseo:
YouTube is taking it upon itself to pre-screen materials out of what it sees as general self-interest. However, requiring pre-screening would destroy user-generated content "as we know it".