A peek inside YouTube’s copyright identification system

by Jamie Wilkinson | April 10, 2008

yawn2000 posted a rickroll vid…

------ Forwarded Message
From: Copyright Notice 
Date: Wed,  9 Apr 2008 01:10:52 -0700 (PDT)
To: [redacted]
Subject: New Video Identification Match

Dear Member:

This is to notify you that your video sisters kissing (twins) has been as
containing content that may be owned by someone else.  The material
identified in your video, the person claiming ownership of the material, and
the policy they have designated for its use on YouTube are detailed below.

========================================================================
Material:
   Video from Rick Astley-Never Gonna Give You Up
Copyright Holder:
   Sony/BMG
Policy:
   Allow
Countries:
   Everywhere
========================================================================

If the policy listed is "Allow," you do not need to take action.  However,
if the policy listed is "Block," please visit the Video ID Matches page in
your account: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_copyright  Failure to take
action may result in the removal of your video from YouTube.

For more information on YouTube's Video Identification technology, please
visit our Help Center:

http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=83766&hl=en_US

Sincerely,
YouTube, Inc.

Reading through the “What is YouTube’s video identification system?” FAQ we find some other ish (emphasis added):

What kinds of usage policies are there?

There are three usage policies — Block, Track or Monetize. If a rights owner specifies a Block policy, the video will not be viewable on YouTube. If the rights owner specifies a Track policy, the video will continue to be made available on YouTube and the rights owner will receive information about the video, such as how many views it receives. For a Monetize policy, the video will continue to be available on YouTube and ads will appear in conjunction with the video.


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