Automated Copyright Enforcement System Essay
Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. The automated copyright enforcement system was created to enforce this law by allowing copyright holders to censor any infringement by posters. However, there is a loophole in the system which doesn’t permit it to identify what the content is used for and overbroad takedown notices made contents easily blocked including fair use. Law professor, Lawrence Lessig, was sued by an Australian record label for using a clip from the song Lisztomaniain in his academic presentation …show more content…
Content ID, YouTube’s algorithmic copyright cop, was upgraded in 2012 due to overbroad takedown notices. The new Content ID systems
“…works by scanning videos on the site for content matching one or more of the over 10 million registered samples that partners have provided to YouTube. In the case of a match, it follows the ‘business rules’ set by the assigned rightsholder, which can include blocking or ‘monetizing’ the upload. If a rightsholder has requested a block, viewers see the familiar error message that indicates that the video has been pulled for copyright reasons. If the business rules are set to ‘monetize’ the video, YouTube gives the rightsholder a portion of the revenue generated from ads run alongside the video.”
Nevertheless, there are still materials of fair use such as lectures and academic presentations that are blocked by the automated copyright enforcement system. Even if the system does censor the infringement, it cannot identify whether if it’s fair use or not.