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YouTube to school copyright offenders

April 25, 2011

Starting two weeks ago, if YouTube discovers that you have posted content illegally, you will be required to view a video and take a short quiz. After receiving three copyright “strikes” YouTube will suspend your account. A strike can be removed if, instead of repeating, you demonstrate prolonged good behavior.

The “Copyright School” video¬† features the Happy Tree Friends, a group of animated animals whose videos are wildly popular. The video is cute, compact, and accurate – although some segments go by too quickly for the content to sink in. I doubt it will have a major impact on the behavior which it aims to change, but copyright holders will appreciate the effort.

Source: YouTube Sending Copyright Violators to School – WSJ (tip o’ the hat to Carol Brach)

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