It’s been a year since Google implemented YouTube’s video filtering in order to stop the upload of unauthorized clips and eventually monetize its users’ uploads. The folks over at ZDNet decided to cover the anniversary with a special 15-page report called The YouTube File (PDF available for registered users only), in which the system receives a largely sympathetic review from NBC Universal Chief Counsel Rick Cotton. The report has Cotton on record with the assessment that YouTube’s filters are “improving month by month” and now catch some 75-80 percent of all illegal uploads.

Others, however, disagree, among them the vendor of a competing filtering solution that puts the number at closer to 3 percent. Google’s response is that some of those videos may have been legitimate copies that were authorized by content owners, and viewing some of the disputed clips suggests that may in fact be the case. Continue reading on

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