YouTube removing 15 minute upload length, for some

By on December 9, 2010, 2:20 PM
YouTube videos are about to get longer. The company says it is lifting the 15-minute limit on uploaded videos, beginning with a subset of users. These individuals have never violated copyright rules and have followed YouTube's community guidelines. Some content owners that partner with YouTube have already been able to upload longer videos but this step will remove the limit for everyone.

The change will allow YouTube to host videos such as lectures by college professors, talks at conferences, and films by independent filmmakers without breaking them up into multiple parts. It could also mean uploading longer copyrighted material, but YouTube says it is changing its limit now because its system for handling copyright violations is better than ever.

"As long as it's your original content, its fair game regardless of length," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. "This launch has been made possible in part by the continued advances in our state-of-the-art Content ID system, as well as our other powerful tools for copyright owners. Over 1000 global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube, including every major U.S. movie studio and music label. We remain as dedicated as ever to building and improving the most sophisticated technology in the world to help copyright owners protect their rights."

YouTube currently has 35 hours uploaded every minute. Expect that number to grow even faster as the 15 minute limit is slowly removed.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Man, I have no idea how they host the amount of videos they do. And now they're allowing larger videos. Their server farms must be the size of a small country.

Mischief007 said:

Actually that is something I'd like to see in person. It would be interesting to see how YouTube handles the storage aspect and growth at the same time. Plus the monitoring, temperature control, etc.

KG363 KG363 said:

This is great news. I wonder how much they pay their isp O_o

bakape said:

kg363 said:

This is great news. I wonder how much they pay their isp O_o

Wouldn't be surprised, if Google had their own private ISP.

Guest said:

I just googled to find out about google servers :P. and its costs 2 million dollars a month in electrics to run the servers.

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