Google launches YouTube Copyright School for copyright offenders

By on April 14, 2011, 4:40 PM
Google has launched a new education push to ensure that its YouTube users understand copyright law. The company has released a new tutorial on copyright, a redesigned copyright help center, and tweaked its rules for copyright offenders.

If YouTube receives a copyright notification for one of your videos, you'll now be required to attend YouTube Copyright School. This means that you'll have to watch a copyright tutorial and pass a quiz before you can upload more content to YouTube.

Previously, YouTube's policy was to suspend users who have received three uncontested copyright notifications, in order to deter copyright offenders. The company has changed its policy: it will now remove copyright strikes from users' accounts in certain limited circumstances, contingent upon the successful completion of YouTube Copyright School, as well as a solid demonstrated record of good behavior over time. Expiration of strikes is not guaranteed, and as always, YouTube may terminate an account at any time for violating the website's Terms of Service.

YouTube believes that it is the user's responsibility to know whether he or she possesses the rights for a particular piece of content before uploading it to YouTube. If you're uncertain of your rights or whether a particular use of content is legal under your local laws, YouTube recommends that you contact a qualified copyright attorney.

"YouTube remains committed to protecting original creative works, whether produced by an established star or the next breakout artist," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. "To keep this commitment, we've worked hard not only on powerful tools for copyright owners, but also to encourage good behavior from our users."

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Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hahaha I loved the video

Cota Cota said:

DAM IT! they still dont get it!

DokkRokken said:

Cota said:

DAM IT! they still dont get it!

What's to get? Distributing copyrighted material without permission is illegal... YouTube is only explaining that fact. If it's because you think posting copyrighted material online helps an artist by proliferating their work, or that the people watching it would not have paid for it in the first place, that's not YouTube's problem. They're just the middleman.

In fact, I'd say YouTube actually 'gets' it, because they're willing to give a person a couple chances before they take an account down, as well as giving a pretty clear explanation of what is right and wrong.

Guest said:

dont...... do....... anything............

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

kibaruk said:

Hahaha I loved the video

Bwahaha! Epic video.

But didn't the pirate actually get more than 3 copyright claims?

matrix86 matrix86 said: That was the cleanest Happy Tree Friends i've ever seen, lol. I know they had to keep it clean for obvious reasons, but's so weird to see Happy Tree Friends without blood and body parts shooting all over the place, lol.

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