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Automation and content blocking don't mix

YouTube’s anti piracy filters automatically blocked the authorized video of First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech as infringing.

Evidently the algorithm automatically looks for content that matches content from their commercial partners. Since all the networks were re-broadcasting the convention speech, it got flagged. This is not the first time this has happened.

Wired article on this here.

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  • Matthew Young · September 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Didn’t this JUST happen with the sci-fi awards?


    • Author comment by lance · September 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Yes. They used clips, but had approval to do so, but the system flagged them anyway.


  • Amanah Tech · September 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I agree completely. This automated take-down system is awful. It steps on the ideas of freedom and fairness of free speech. We wrote an article about it and DMCA laws around when the Mars rover landed and that take-down fiasco (

    I can’t believe someone took down the first lady.


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