YouTube Copyright issues

Controversies around YouTube content rights.

As with most other free content (music and video in particular) sharing web sites, YouTube has had its share of controversy when it comes to copyright issues.

The basic principle is that no one can upload any content that violates the United States copyright law. However, they do not have a system in place which prescreens uploaded materials. As such, they used to rely on reporting by users to determine flaggable material. Then again, they encountered some problems regarding this due to some people flagging others merely for spite.

As a result, since last year, only those who owned the rights could report offenses.

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