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Sunday, May 24, 2009

YouTube’s Copyright Notice on Muted Videos

Not new, but I just noticed that on the bottom of this YouTube video showing how a 80x80x80 Rubik’s cube is solved, there’s a copyright notice. It reads: “Notice ... This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG [Warner Music Group]. The audio has been disabled. ... More about copyright”. The link points to YouTube’s copyright tips.

How many videos are muted like this? Hard to tell exactly, but the Google search query ["This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by”] returns around 342,000 hits (including some help pages, and perhaps some regional YouTube content too).

On a related note, on May 21st reports that “YouTube is to run a trial of ’pre-roll’ video ads on selected content from several broadcasters starting from today. The pre-roll ads are short video ads shown before the video you requested and could be up to 30 seconds long. Advertisements will start appearing around videos from BBC Worldwide, ITN, Discovery, National Geographic and – from today – Channel 4.”



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