What's with the prevalence of filmed-off-TV YouTube videos?
January 27, 2012 4:34 PM   Subscribe

Why is it that, when content providers go on DMCA takedown-sprees on YouTube, versions of the content that were visibly filmed off of a TV or other monitor often remain? Is this some kind of loophole, or do content providers choose not to go after low quality copies of copyrighted content?
posted by speedgraphic to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
Best answer: YouTube has an automated system called Content ID, that checks for content that copyright holders have uploaded as reference files. The low quality versions taped off of a TV are often not close enough to the reference files to be caught, and can only be removed by manual takedown requests.
posted by burnmp3s at 4:42 PM on January 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Also, often the stuff you see on the tubes is flipped like a mirror.
posted by iamabot at 4:47 PM on January 27, 2012 [3 favorites]

This is out of date (Content ID being upgraded since) but it gives you an idea of the technical issues/loopholes involved.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:17 PM on January 27, 2012

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