• Youtube will send users to Copyright School

    VIDEO WEBSITE Youtube is planning to educate users about copyright with a tutorial and will also patronise infringers by sending them to "Copyright School".
    Google owned Youtube said that copyright law is complicated and that the way to address copyright infringement is to educate users about the rules. Therefore it is releasing a copyright tutorial and updating its copyright help centre in efforts to encourage good behaviour.

    The biggest change to Youtube's copyright policy is requiring people to go to the Youtube Copyright School if a copyright infringement notice is served against one of their uploaded videos. Instead of just taking down the video and letting the user simply do it again, Youtube will now require copyright infringers to watch an educational video and answer a quiz afterwards. If they don't then they will no longer be allowed to use the online video sharing service.

    Youtube is also changing the way it addresses suspending users for copyright infringement. Previously it employed a blanket three strikes rule, counting any uncontested report of copyright infringement, even if some of these incidents happened years ago. Now it will let some of these strikes expire over a period of time, providing that the user does not further infringe and has completed Copyright School.

    The INQUIRER imagines what will happen at Copyright School. The teacher will sum up the entire course by saying, "Don't steal other people's work!" We wonder if it will add Copyright Summer School for serial infringers.

    Source: The Inquirer
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. iLOVENZB's Avatar
      iLOVENZB -
      This is a joke now. Why can't offenders take responsibility for their actions? How can you not know that copyright infringement is illegal? Think of it logicically, you obtain material you would otherwise have to pay for.

      No doubt some hardcore p2per will think of some arguments that puts the responsibility back on the owner. After all it's the owners fault that they [infringer] are infringing copyright.
    1. icerush's Avatar
      icerush -
      I guess the concern is for the 12 year old's that don't understand the consequences of their actions. Better for them to learn it from idiottube than from some RIAA jackass looking to make his name as a lawyer. But the rule always applies, let them all download and let the courts sort it out. Teach your kids, learn about computers, don't get sued.
    1. Appzalien's Avatar
      Appzalien -
      I don't know, when I was young I would record TV shows onto VHS tape and lend them out or show them to friends. In most ways this is no different, its just the internet is so world wide, and thats not the offenders fault. If they see something funny and you want to share it with others like a TV show the producers should be flattered not contemptuous. I also transfered all my albums to cassette tape but the music industry wasn't crying then. If they post a pre-release movie or one that's still at the theaters, I can understand that, most of those videos are such poor quality its not funny anyway. It's Utube that's making the change to HD and pushing the quality up, not the posters.