"January 14, 2009
Google Inc.'s YouTube has begun disabling the audio on music videos that its users post without authorization of copyright holders, according to numerous reports on Twitter and other online sites.
A note appears on the screen which says "This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled.
Mountain View-based Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and YouTube have been tracking use of copyrighted music until now and simply notifying users when it finds infringement. Muting the videos is a new tactic.
In a company blog on Wednesday, the company said it gives users the option of muting the soundtrack of videos that may violate copyright. If they don't, the company said it takes down the whole video.
"Previously, when a music label or other rights owner issued a copyright claim to block audio, the video was automatically taken down," the blog said. "Uploaders had two choices: dispute the claim or use our AudioSwap tool to replace the track with one from our library of pre-cleared music. Now we've added an additional choice."
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