osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Any system will eventually be exploited by scumbags

Google's ContentID system for YouTube included the positive feature of enabling rights holders and users to reach mutually beneficial agreements. If you want to post my copyrighted material, the system makes it easy for you to host ads that provide me revenue. So I as a rights holder have incentive to license stuff to you and you get to post what you want.

According to this bit on BoingBoing, there is a cottage industry of scumbags making false claims of copyright through ContentID to force users to host commercials for them. We will see if Google responds to this abuse.

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