Automating copyright without verification is nonsense.
So it turns out Automatic Content Protection Systems are a pain in the butt.
I’m sure, to a degree, they help copyright holders police content, but I can’t imagine the engineering undertaking to gather and then analyze all new content uploaded to a system and then compare this against a database of, say, all the copyrighted music in the world.
Worse still, it’s a waste of time for users and copyright holders alike when there are false positives, especially if there’s no verification procedure in place.
For example, a sensible system may look like this:
- Content is flagged as potentially copyright infringing.
- The alleged copyright holder is notified.
- The copyright holder then has the option of making a claim against the copyright.
- This claim request could then remove the allegedly infringing content from whatever site it’s on, until such time as the content poster verifies they have the rights to share the content.
Now, let’s consider Soundcloud. Their process is currently as follows:
- Allegedly infringing content is found within minutes by their Automatic Content Protection System and removed immediately, no questions asked.