Google explains how new search results will impact YouTube

On Sunday, we published a story, based on an article written on SearchEngineLand.com, that looked into Google's new policy of penalizing websites that have a large number of removal requests for copyright violations. Specifically, there have been questions raised about if Google's own YouTube website would be exempt from those issues.

At the time, Google sent out a statement saying, "We’re treating YouTube like any other site in search rankings. That said, we don’t expect this change to demote results for popular user-generated content sites." Late on Sunday, a representative from Google got in contact with Neowin and gave us some more specific information.

One of the things that was told to us by Google was that the number of takedown notices it receives from a website is not the only factor that the new Google search algorithm looks into before a search result is pushed down. Indeed, the Google representative told us that there are about 200 different factors that are taken into account, although the Google rep would not go into specifics.

The other major thing about Google's new search settings is that YouTube will definitely not be alone in avoiding the company's search crackdown. The Google representative told us that large sites with a lot of user generated content, such as Twitter and Facebook, will also escape being ranked lower under the new search settings.

SearchEngineLand has also posted up their own article after speaking with a Google representative, and added that coypright takedown notices from YouTube's own system will be combined with takedown notices against YouTube filed from Google's own system.

Again, we should soon find out if Google's new search settings will keep content pirated by other sites off of Google's search results.

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sounds like 200 reasons for them to do whatever they want..
Like punish random sites and promote their own such as Youtube
I have seen every conceivable keyword come up with illegal content
on google and many of the page 1 results are always Youtube videos
showing people how to steal software and games etc.
SO i sure hope they treat Youtube like everyone else fairly !
which we all know they won't lol

I'd be happy if google removed all video's from search results
they just get on my nerves

I've received Copyright violation notices on YouTube already. It was because some music was recognized in the *background* of a video I recorded of my daughter at a restaurant!

I shared the link with friends and family. I contested their copyright notice, which allowed me to keep my video up. But will they block it now? Will they mute all sound from it because of the music heard in the background?

Xenomorph said,
I've received Copyright violation notices on YouTube already. It was because some music was recognized in the *background* of a video I recorded of my daughter at a restaurant!

I shared the link with friends and family. I contested their copyright notice, which allowed me to keep my video up. But will they block it now? Will they mute all sound from it because of the music heard in the background?

That is stupid. It is not like you are actually focusing on the music in the background recording it.

Xenomorph said,
I contested their copyright notice, which allowed me to keep my video up. But will they block it now? Will they mute all sound from it because of the music heard in the background?

Appears you already have your answer. Besides, these changes relate to search, no indication they've made changes to copyright enforcements.

Well, to be fair, Youtube has a good channel for DMCA and general infringement takedowns, the likelyhood that rights owners will have to go to Google to have a video removed is tiny. Same for Blip and others. I'm guessing this is more for sites like "Watch ______ show for free!" which are just lists of redirects to non-popular video streaming sites and show up near the top of every search for any TV show, anime, or movie

Wahay one rule for you and another for you because you're large (and obviously the fact you pay us to be higher in search results has absolutely no influence on this what-so-ever, just sheer coincidence!)