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The Automated Censor Algorithm: Is this the beginning of the end for YouTube?

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posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 03:11 PM
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YouTube has practically fully automated their pulling of copyrighted and improper content using a search algorithm combined with a special flagging algorithm.

In response, M.I.T. has recently launched a tracker which logs which videos are pulled from YouTube, on whose request and for what reason.



The Project is called YouTomb





YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation.

More specifically, YouTomb continually monitors the most popular videos on YouTube for copyright-related takedowns. Any information available in the metadata is retained, including who issued the complaint and how long the video was up before takedown. The goal of the project is to identify how YouTube recognizes potential copyright violations as well as to aggregate mistakes made by the algorithm.



There is a real danger "Special interests" are getting the upper hand in determining which videos you cannot see on YouTube.




posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 03:40 PM
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Youtube, great as it is, needs to be replaced by something without a centralized server and point of control. Censorship would then be impossible. The bittorrent protocols show how this could be achieved, all that is needed is some sort of p2p indexing system and interface.

With our current monetary and corporate system there is no business that cannot be taken over by the oligarchy if they deem it necessary for their long term goals, so, for the survival of free speech and information exchange, there has to be a decentralized system built out of the corporate model.

Otherwise the internet as we know it will die, to be replaced by basically one huge interactive cable channel where what you see is aproved by those that see themselves as owners of your mind.



posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 03:43 PM
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so, what am i missing here? youtube is making people obey copyright laws and that is a bad thing? can anyone provide some examples of videos that were "taken down by the man" or something similar?



posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 04:44 PM
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Please check my initial post, project YouTomb contains a live feed of videos being screened and pulled off YouTube.

There is a difference between Fair usage and Copyright, this is the whole point.



posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 04:47 PM
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Originally posted by Zepherian
Otherwise the internet as we know it will die, to be replaced by basically one huge interactive cable channel where what you see is aproved by those that see themselves as owners of your mind.


Exactly my point, well done.

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posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 04:47 PM
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I often wondered why Acebryan7ox's videos were taken down, also the "Nasa Biggest Secret" vids were removed.
I think the point isn't on copyright infringement, more on the fact that ****tube sucks because it controls what we see... just like the mind numbing TV.



posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 05:20 PM
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This is probably why....



It’s Official: Google Owns YouTube
Filed Under (Video, Advertising, Google) by Matt / Derick on 11-14-2006

Google announced today that it's acquisition of online video source YouTube has been completed as expected. The search company paid an estimated $1.65 billion dollars in stock for YouTube and plans to use its extensive advertising portfolio to generate revenue from the site.

www.internetmarketingmonitor.org...

Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion
www.msnbc.msn.com...

Google, as you may or may not know, sets a 5 year cookie in your computer, and rumors say it reports all search terms directly to the NSA. For those of you looking for a really good search engine, much like google, but with only a session cookie, and no reporting, here it is.
clusty.com...



posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 05:32 PM
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Originally posted by and14263
I often wondered why Acebryan7ox's videos were taken down, also the "Nasa Biggest Secret" vids were removed.
I think the point isn't on copyright infringement, more on the fact that ****tube sucks because it controls what we see... just like the mind numbing TV.


Having seen most of acebryan's channels I have to say there isn't really anything there. Some nice UFO videos, but nothing there than you haven't seen already a million times all over the web. Which has left me thinking that the whole thing, the channel and the censorship of the channel is one big psyop, diverting atention from other more mundane yet immensly relevant issues, like fractional reserve banking, psychopathocracy (see last two links of my sig), false flag operations, etc.

Regarding the whole UFO issue, if they are here they will show themselves in their own time and under their own motivations. They would, out of simple probability, be much older as a species, so it makes no sense to ponder much more. It's a bit like a 2 year old second guessing it's parents. Nothing good there.



posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 10:55 PM
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I play the drums in a band and posted several videos of my band playing cover tunes on Youtube a couple years ago. I recently got an email informing me that one of them had been removed because of copyright violation.

It listed the attorneys, publishing companies, agents etc., etc., making the complaint.

What struck me as odd was two other songs by the same band (ZZ Top) the I posted renderings of my band doing weren't taken off the sight. All of the songs I had posted of my band were/are coprighted songs. None of those were taken down either.

The only thing I can think of that might have caused this besides simply a random computer discovering it as this thread suggests is that our version of the song was nearly as popular on Youtube as was ZZ Tops version of the song.

Oh well, too old to rock n roll and to young to die!



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