Should YouTube evolve to protect film-makers?

Safeguarding film-makers interests’ might not be a stretch for the video sharing website


Hundreds of films get released on a monthly basis and the competition for more eyeballs was never tougher.In the backdrop of this situation, are unscrupulous people who upload entire moves (that have just been released)as a single video file or parts of it(with Part 1..Part2..Part3 in the titles) or climax scenes (damn!).Some Indian fan clubs go to the extent of uploading the videos of other new films (to dim their chances of box office success)that are released at the same time as the films they support!!

This is YouTube’s stand as of now (as per policy outlined on its website):—

Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you are authorized to use. This means don’t upload videos you didn’t make, or use content in your videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs, or videos made by other users, without necessary authorizations. Read our Copyright Tips for more information.

You can the read the entire policy here .

YouTube should come up with a mechanism to detect uploading of videos that exceed duration of 30-45 min(requiring additional user authentication; privileges can be created and granted to select organizations )and any content which is not a “old movie” should be flagged.They would have to follow these steps (I am hypothesizing here):-

  1. Create the “special account” (made available by YouTube specially for film-makers).
  2. Specify the movie name title which YouTube can use to detect and possibly block.(since YouTube is owned by Google,a search algorithm which looks at different permutations/combinations of same title should not be a problem).
  3. Specify the duration for which uploads should be blocked .(If the film bombs, the film could atleast get a few hundred views on YouTube!).

YouTube could avoid a lot of hassle created by removing videos that are reported for copyrights infringement, if they do implement such a feature(as outlined above)besides it being a revenue option.

If you like this post and think that this idea is feasible,go ahead and hit the ‘Recommend’ button and/or share with your friends.You can also leave your comments to share your insights.

Here are some of my other posts:

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Facebook ‘Like’ is NOT Expressive ENOUGH

Photo by Jay Mantri


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