Google sends YouTube copyright violators to school

April 14, 2011: 5:53 PM ET

Drivers Ed for Copyright violations.

In a move to thwart copyright violations on its YouTube Subsidiary, Google (GOOG) has instituted a new Copyright Violations Schooling program along with new policies for users who are found to have violated YouTube's copyright rules.

It is probably exactly what you expect: When YouTube gets a report of a copyright violation, the video is removed and the uploader has to watch the "school" video below, which goes into detail of Fair Use.

If YouTube receives a copyright notification about a user's video, the user will have to complete "YouTube Copyright School," which requires watching a tutorial video and passing a quiz to prove the user understands the copyright policies.

Additionally, Google has also created a way for errant YouTube users to redeem themselves. In certain cases, Google will remove copyright strikes from a user's account if he or she successfully completes its copyright school and has a solid track record of following the rules.

Amusing and informative but probably as effective as driving school - which is to say not very.

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Seth Weintraub
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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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