In an attempt to cut down on the large number of videos on its site that violate copyrights, YouTube says it's now instituted a ten-minute limit for most uploads, in addition to its previous 100 MB cap. The company says that the vast majority of videos in its library that were over 10 minutes were copyrighted TV shows and movies, and that it's trying to strike a balance on holders' copyrights. It's a pretty simple and quick way to try to cut down on people posting copyrighted movies and shows, but all it really does is make piracy slightly more difficult, not make it impossible -- which, when you think about it, is sort of how DRM works. Except YouTube's solution doesn't come with all the ancillary BS that accompanies most copy-protection schemes. The bigger underlying question for YouTube, though, is that by making friends with TV networks and movie studios, will it be making enemies of its user base? That seems doubtful, as much of the viral videos that have made it so popular will fly under the 10-minute radar, copyright-infringing or not. This is a pretty smart solution that should eliminate the worst of the problem for YouTube, but allow it to keep most of the materials it holds that make it so popular.
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