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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    PaulT (profile), 9 Jun 2015 @ 4:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "So the solution is for there to be lots of video sites - each too small to be a big target"

    Not really a solution. A fragmented market is a very messy thing, and both confusing and frustrating for consumers and producers alike. Either the bottom would fall out of the market entirely as it's shunned by consumers, or the market would naturally gravitate toward a few bigger players as both sides tend to use only a handful on a regular basis. Nobody wants to admin, market and monetise their videos on 20-30 sites, and consumers will tend toward the path of least resistance. So, either people would pick the sites that suits them better, or they'll just use the site where their favourite content is, regardless of how many competitors are out there - that's why most people still use YouTube.

    "the market will make this happen over time"

    If you think there's a free market here, you're kidding yourself. Any competition between sites will be under whatever rules the **AA cartels have bought for themselves.

    Whatever you think of the methods they've used to do so, YouTube have only implemented most of their less popular measures in the face of constant legal attacks from **AA members. Smaller companies might be forced to implement even worse measures in the face of attacks, as they'd be forced to comply or die without Google's might and wealth protecting them.

    "I hope we stay so small that the MPAA don't notice us" isn't really a business model, and if they have to sue to many people to get their own way, they'll just continuing to buy laws to get their own way instead - and the smaller guys can't outlobby that.

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