Noah J Nelson on Wednesday, May. 21st
One of the most obnoxious, if seemingly necessary, features of YouTube is the dreaded copyright algorithms. Those are the automated programs that have a penchant for putting strikes against accounts for any old reason–and sometimes seemingly without good cause.
Until now competing video site Vimeo was a safe haven from those robots, but the times, they are a-changing:
The first rule of Vimeo has always been: upload only your own videos. Vimeo is a home for original work — not for rips of movies, TV shows, music videos, and sports broadcasts. We encourage creativity and innovation, and we always want to respect everyone who expresses themselves artistically.
Over the last nine years, Vimeo has grown into one of the most visited video destinations in the world. We now have more than 26 million registered members, with over 170 million people swinging by monthly to watch awesome videos. At our size, we need a semi-automated system to help us enforce those beloved guidelines.
And so Copyright Match is a technical solution to an issue that affects many content-sharing services. Namely: we want people to be able to express themselves in the ways they see fit, but we also want to respect the boundaries of copyright law and the rights of other creators.
Vimeo has never had a reputation as a cesspool of piracy, so this will hopefully not affect that many users. Of course, we all know just how stupid the robots are. Until the Singularity comes and they kill us all in our sleep, that is.
Via: The Verge