YouTube detention for copyright crooks

Violators must pass quiz or face suspension

Copyright violators on YouTube are being put to the test — literally.

The Google-owned video site will now require users caught uploading copyright-infringing content to watch a tutorial video on the subject on which they’ll be subsequently quizzed.

Users who can’t make the grade at what the company is calling “YouTube Copyright School” will have their accounts suspended.

“Because copyright law can be complicated, education is critical to ensure that our users understand the rules and continue to play by them,” wrote Justin Green, senior strategist of content ID at YouTube, on the company’s blog.

YouTube made several tweaks to its content policies Thursday including redesigning its copyright help center to better educate users on what is and isn’t acceptable content for uploading.

Furthermore, YouTube will keep its three-strikes account-termination policy in place, but with one key amendment: Repeat copyright offenders who stay out of trouble for an extended period of time are eligible for having previous strikes taken off.

Since its inception, YouTube has faced criticism from Hollywood that it hasn’t done enough to crack down on illicit content. Last week, Google was rapped on Capitol Hill for not doing more to prevent prominent links to pirated content from showing up in its search results.

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