Google Launches Anti-piracy Tool for YouTube

Months after promising tools that will help weed out copyrighted material on YouTube, Google today launched the beta of its YouTube Video Identification tool for pinpointing pirated content. "Video Identification is the next step in a long list of content policies and tools that we have provided copyright owners so that they can more easily identify their content and manage how it is made available on YouTube," wrote YouTube Product Manager David King in a blog post.

King said Video Identification will help copyright holders identify their works on YouTube, and choose whether to block, promote or monetize their videos if a copyright holder chooses to license their content. The Video Identification tool comes after some scathing comments from critics concerned that Internet sites aren't policing their content well enough.

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