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Wednesday March 29, 2006 8:25 pm

YouTube Caps Videos At 10 Minutes In Attempt To Curtail Piracy

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Internet

YouTube Ten Minute CapLooks like Internet phenomenon YouTube is looking to cover their bases a bit more as it pertains to copyrighted material. Anyone who has used that service knows that, while you can find many an amateur Jackass-ish video on the service, you can also view full-length television shows (and in some cases, movies.) YouTube has been feeling the heat for this recently, and has responded by placing a ten-minute cap on all uploaded videos.

Well, if you’ve followed our blog postings or any of the press articles, you know we’re constantly trying to balance the rights of copyright owners with the rights of our users. We did some analysis of the videos in our system over 10 minutes in length, and we found the overwhelming majority of them were full length, copyrighted videos from tv shows and movies. However, we also recognize that there are legit content creators out there who may have videos over 10 mins, so we’ve created a Premium Content Program for those of you with professional-produced videos.

Obviously, it is a tough job for YouTube to screen each and every video that is uploaded - so this may be a step in the right direction. What do you think?

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I bet there's ulterior motives to this aswell though - it'll decrease the bandwidth use from people downloading large film clips. I'd bet people will be less inclined to upload lots of 10 minute clips - especially when there's google video.

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