YouTube Silences Six Hours Of DARPA Robotics Finals... Because Of One Song Briefly In The Background

from the fun-with-contentid dept

As you may have heard, DARPA, the wonderful government agency folks who helped bring us the precursors to the internet and self-driving cars, held a giant robotics competition this weekend, known as the DARPA Robotic Challenge, or DRC. It was full of amazing robots -- though everyone seems focused on the ones that fell over, despite the amazing advancements in robotics that were on display.

One bit of "robotics," whose best work is not on display, is the robotic nature of YouTube's ContentID copyright censorship. If you go to check out the six hour YouTube video of the DRC Finals Workshop on YouTube you'll get to witness everything, but not hear a damn thing. Because, apparently, there was a copyright-covered song playing somewhere in the background, YouTube muted the whole damn thing:
So, yup, rather than learning about the latest advancements from our soon to be robotic overlords, we'll just silence everything so someone's copyright isn't infringed because it was playing quietly in the background at a daylong event.

Filed Under: contentid, copyright, darpa, darpa robotics challenge, mute, robots, youtube
Companies: darpa, google, youtube


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    Terminator, 8 Jun 2015 @ 1:00pm

    "DARPA, the wonderful government agency"

    Since no trace of irony, Masnick even lists DARPA's dubious accomplishments (as if private industry had not already built the gadgets, figured out networking, and only a common protocol was needed), or any warning tone to "robotic overlords", it appears that Masnick actually likes government investing and guiding industry. That's consistent with my view of him as neo-con / neo-liberal technocrat modernist who's eager for the "internet of things" and full-time surveillance of pesky humans.

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