YouTube goes nuts flagging game-related content as violating copyright

17 12 2013

Several big names on YouTube were barraged with copyright violation notices this week that could potentially be erroneous. In the past, ContentID, YouTube’s automated copyright violation checker, has overreached in flagging game-related content (in May, for example, when “Let’s Play” videos were cited for including some of Nintendo’s content). But this time, the flagging seems to be related to new rules from YouTube about how video makers who are part of Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs) upload their videos.

According to TubeFilter, YouTube told these MCNs last week that it would begin pre-screening a sample of their affiliates’ videos for copyright violation before the video posts to YouTube in a process that could take as little as a few hours or up to a few days. The pre-screening system is also based on good behavior, so to speak, and affiliates who are never caught uploading copyrighted material will be checked less frequently.

That system seems to be causing some problems now, as popular YouTube channels are seeing a spike in copyright violation notices, which caused YouTube to remove ads from the video but not to necessarily take it down. For many very popular channels, this means a significant loss of revenue.

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Hotfile settles MPAA copyright case, agrees to $80 million in damages

5 12 2013

Six days before movie studios were set to begin a jury trial over alleged copyright violations by the “cyberlocker” site Hotfile, the case has settled. Hotfile has agreed to pay $80 million and to stop operating “unless it employs copyright filtering technologies that prevent infringement,” according to a press release sent out today by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The MPAA represents America’s major movie studios, which sued Hotfile over copyright violations in 2011. The case was finally teed up for a trial that was to begin next Monday, December 9. A Friday order by US District Judge Kathleen Williams settled a variety of pre-trial issues, including a ban on MPAA lawyers using “pejorative” terms like “piracy” or “theft.”

 

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Court hands another defeat to Viacom in never-ending YouTube lawsuit

24 11 2013
It’s the lawsuit that won’t die. More than six years ago, the entertainment giant Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement, arguing that the video sharing service was turning a blind eye to infringing videos uploaded by its users. A trial court judge rejected Viacom’s argument in 2010, ruling that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor applied.But last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit partially overturned that ruling, finding that YouTube employees may have been aware of specific cases of infringement and failed to act on that information. It asked a trial court judge to consider whether that claim was supported by the evidence.

On Thursday, Judge Louis Stanton sided with YouTube. While Viacom claimed YouTube knew about specific infringing videos and failed to remove them, Viacom was unable to point to any specific examples of clips YouTube failed to remove despite knowing they were infringing.

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More Evidence That Congress Misaligned the DMCA Online Copyright Safe Harbors–UMG v. Grooveshark (Forbes Cross-Post)

24 11 2013

By Eric Goldman

UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Escape Media Group, Inc., 2013 WL 1729431 (N.Y. App. Div. April 23, 2013)

Grooveshark runs a user-generated content (UGC) website that allows users to upload sound recordings and other users to stream those recordings.  UMG Recordings (a subsidiary of Vivendi, VIV:FP) sued Grooveshark for copyright infringement based on its users’ activities.  This week, a New York state appellate court partially denied Grooveshark’s eligibility for the online safe harbors enacted by Congress in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  This ruling creates several problems for UGC websites that let users post sound recordings, and it demonstrates one way Congress mishandled drafting its online safe harbors.

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Not that Homeland: Fox sends bogus takedowns for copyright reformer’s book

24 11 2013
Homeland is a television show produced by Fox that debuted in 2011. It’s also the title of an unrelated novel written by author and copyright reform activist Cory Doctorow. And evidently, the system Fox uses to send takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can’t tell the difference between the two.TorrentFreak first broke the news that Fox has been sending Google takedown notices for URLs like “http://tpb.piraten.lu/tag/Homeland-Doctorow” and “http://torrentreactor.net/torrents/6214335/Homeland-by-Cory-Doctorow.” Not only does Fox not own the copyright for these works, but because Doctorow published his novel under a Creative Commons license, distributing his work on BitTorrent is completely legal. This means that Fox’s carelessness may be causing legitimate content to be removed from search engine results.

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