Facebook Will Develop A Tool That Hunts Copyright Infringement

Dec 30, 2016 07:00 AM EST | Jeroah Sabado

Copyright infringement is something most of us may or may not know that we too indulge at some point in our lives. Who hasn't downloaded illegal programs or files such as movies and music in torrent sites? However, all these activities cause a lot of artists and studios to lose a huge amount of profit.

YouTube is not the only platform that has records of copyright infringement, other sites too have this widespread issue. A lot of copyrighted materials got posted on social platforms, and it's not easy to eradicate.

Facebook is planning to develop a tool that identifies copyright music used without permission or license in a certain video, not just to identify but to remove the music as well, that is according to a report from the Financial Times.

Majority of content creators who generally get paid with their everyday stream, not only in YouTube, had at least one copyright strike in their videos, and some of these creators were not even aware of it. Major online platforms have seriously taken up the issue this year, causing large torrent websites to shut down.

The targets of this project are mostly fan-made movie trailers, music video re-uploads and videos using never-paid licensed music. This project is very similar to YouTube's Content ID, a tool that automatically targets infringing content for removal. Copyright owners can't accept the fact that creators who steal materials from them to illegally create contents are generating views and eventually producing revenue. 

Considering that Facebook is working on other projects such as Facebook Live, it appears that the social media company is kind enough to help ensure that music creators are protected. Facebook is expected to work with the music labels on a licensing deal for all of the music that's available on the network after the system is live.

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