YouTube Infringers Must Now Attend “YouTube Copyright School”

YouTube Infringers Must Now Attend “YouTube Copyright School”

Says that if it receives a notice that one of your uploaded videos is copyright infringing you”ll now be required to attend “YouTube Copyright School” which entails watching a video and passing a quiz before being allowed to upload more content.

YouTube is ratcheting up its efforts to tackle the problem of users uploading copyright infringing content to the site with its new “YouTube Copyright Education” policy.

“Because copyright law can be complicated, education is critical to ensure that our users understand the rules and continue to play by them,” it says. “That’s why today we’re releasing a new tutorial on copyright and a redesigned copyright help center. We’re also making two changes to our copyright process to be sure that our users understand the rules, and that users who abide by those rules can remain active on the site.”

So what exactly does that mean? Now if YouTube receives a notice from a copyright holder claiming that you uploaded copyrighted material to the site you’ll have to attend “YouTube Copyright School” before you can upload new material. The school entails watching a copyright law tutorial video along with passing a quiz afterwards to ensure that you “paid attention” to and understand YouTube’s policies on copyrighted material.

It says the new method is intended to rectify the current imbalances of the one-size-fits-all suspension rule whereby copyright notifications from the distant past are allowed to unfairly linger in the present.

“Consider, for example, a long-time YouTube user who received two copyright notifications four years ago but who’s uploaded thousands of legitimate videos since then without a further copyright notification,” it continues. “Until now, the four-year-old notifications would have stayed with the user forever despite a solid track record of good behavior, creating the risk that one new notification — possibly even a fraudulent notification — would result in the suspension of the account. We don’t think that’s reasonable.”

YouTube adds that it will begin removing old copyright strikes from user’s accounts in “certain limited circumstances” if they successfully complete YouTube Copyright School and demonstrate a consistent “record of good behavior over time.”