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Copyright Infringement Policy Change At YouTube

By Eric Misterovich

A subject of criticism over the years, YouTube has recently made a change to its copyright infringement policy. Specifically, YouTube’s Content ID system, which automatically flags content as copyright infringing based on an algorithm, has been changed to reduce the number of invalid copyright infringement takedown claims. Now, YouTube uploaders can dispute copyright infringement takedowns through an appeals process. Once an uploader requests an appeal, a content owner must either issue a proper notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or release the claim.


Additionally, this change also is intended to reduce the amount of unintentional copyright infringement claims. Instead of the automatic takedown process, YouTube has changed its algorithm to require manual review of copyright infringement claims. YouTube hopes that these changes will reduce the amount of false positives.

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