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Video Identification Tools Must Be One of Those ‘20% Time’ Projects, Huh?

We do a good job of educating users about copyright law.”

YouTube CEO Chad Hurley, D5 Conference, 2007

The National Legal and Policy Center has finished up its latest list of potentially copyright infringing movies on YouTube and Google Video, and it’s largely what you’d expect. Not the “New Releases” tab on Netflix, but not exactly the dusty DVD display rack at the local convenience store, either. Among the films on the list: “Sicko,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” and the Vietnamese dub of “The Wicker Man.”

When was it again that Google was supposed to finish those video identification tools? Ah yes, “the not-too-distant future.”

In a statement, the NLPC tarred and feathered Google for failing to prevent users from uploading pirated material. “For a company that wants to organize the world’s information and boasts about the most sophisticated search technology in the world, we just find it remarkable that they can’t seem to find and remove apparently copyrighted content hosted on their own servers,” said NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm. “… Google’s response that they are ‘taking the lead’ in offering ‘state of the art tools and processes’ to promptly remove infringing content is just plain nonsense. In just the past few days, we’ve found repeated uploads of ‘Sicko,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ and ‘Live Free, Die Hard’ on the video site. Google claims to have a sophisticated ‘hash’ system to block repeated uploads of the same infringing material, but if the repeated uploads of the movies we’ve found so far are any indication, video pirates are making a hash of Google’s ‘hash’ technology.”