Copyright vow going down the YouTube

YOUTUBE'S failure to complete a key piece of anti-piracy software as promised could represent a serious obstacle to efforts by Google, its new owner, to forge closer relations with the media and entertainment industry.
The video website, the internet sensation of 2006, promised in September the software would be ready by the end of the year. Known as a content identification system, the technology is meant to make it possible to track down copyrighted music or video on YouTube, making it the first line of defence against piracy on the wildly popular website.

YouTube's offices were closed for the New Year holidays. While providing no further details about when the system would be made formally available, it said tests of the system had been under way with some media companies since October 2005 and the system remained on track.

Mike McGuire, a digital media analyst at Gartner, said there was likely to be little patience for missed deadlines.

"The technology industry really has to start living up to the media industry's expectations," Mr McGuire said.

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"The technology industry really has to start living up to the media industry's expectations," Mr McGuire said.

Why? The media industry has never lived up to the consumer's expectations.

I have a feeling that for quite a lot of people Youtube will lose it's touch if it loses the copyrighted files on there, Youtube should really try their hardest to allow things such as music videos and TV clips to be shown if they can strike deals with copyright holders(which will be a struggle).

Just my opinion.

Can't they see that Youtube and other video websites does not really do much harm to the video industry. Their is such a differece between a tiny little video on the internet, and a full screen Film or TV program. Quite a lot of excuses to me.

IMO Youtube is nothing without copyrighted material. I really can't think of anything good a user with a webcam has contributed. It's all crap. All of it.

if your referring to music videos and stuff of this sort as copywrited material... im definitely going to agree with you ;)

although i would not say "all" of it is crap, just a HIGH percentage is crap.

If YouTube removes all copyrighted movies from the site, then people will simply leave and find another website to do it on.

If this 'anti-piracy tool' goes forward then google just brought the biggest lemon of the century.

Why is everyone so concerned with copyright on youtube? I find better stuff a lot of times on Google Video, for instance, the UFC 66 fight I missed (since I only have basic cable), YouTubers told me to go to Google Vid to see it, and boom: there it was. The full length 16-ish minute fight of Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz. Copyright infringement? Probably. Google getting heat for any of it? Nope.

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