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YouTomb Blows Up!

May 20th, 2008 by Dean Jansen

YouTomb is a project that I helped start, along with some friends at MIT Free Culture. It recently exploded on many of the major tech blogs (TechCrunch, Gizmodo, CNet, Wired.com, among others).

The project began after YouTube announced their automatic flagging system, for sniffing out potentially infringing content.

An automated scanning system cannot possibly differentiate between fair use and copyright violation with 100% accuracy (humans can’t either, but that’s a different story). As a result, it’s unavoidable that some totally legitimate, possibly interesting, videos are disappearing from the web entirely. YouTomb’s purpose is to shed light on some of the material that is taken down.

Currently, YouTomb has a compact range of features, but we’ll be steadily adding new ones to make it a more effective tool for highlighting copywrongs.

6 Responses to “YouTomb Blows Up!”

  1. Wow that’s quite interesting, but how does it know which videos were removed.

  2. Dean Jansen says:

    We track popular videos that show up on Digg, Technorati, YouTube, etc and then continually re-scan our growing database. When something goes down, we have all the metadata from when it was live.

  3. online tv says:

    I like this. There are many videos that are 100% legal that are being taken off the web and im glad you guys are pointing this out. I think the automatic flagging system accidntally flags videos that are actually legal.

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  5. DTV Help says:

    This is a great idea, but good luck with the legal issues!

    Long live digital television!

  6. deadinthewater says:

    i wonder if there’s a better videos of horrid accidents on stuff like America’s Got Talent. Stuff that we weren’t supposed to see. Maybe something like that we’ll happen tomorrow nite on the season premiere.

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