Philips, the company that was not so long ago criticized for its patent that would stop advert skipping on DVRs, is now developing anti piracy technology that will help online video sites restrict use of copyrighted video.
The technology is able to take a digital bitstream “fingerprint” of videos and hold them in a library. Then when videos are uploaded to video sharing sites the fingerprints can be compared to copyrighted videos allowing efficient filtering videos to take place.
This would allow sites like YouTube to control copyrighted infringement on its site, but this could very well be at the expense of its users who may move to video websites who are out of reach of US copyright law.
The video fingerprinting technology could also be a very powerful weapon for the media companies worried about copyright infringement on sites like YouTube since they could request and probably force many video sharing sites to use such technology.
With copyright infringement out of the way the media companies could quite happily keep all their copyright content on their own YouTube clone that is currently rumored to be under development. This would leave other video sharing sites missing a lot of valuable video.
Video piracy is a hot topic at the moment with many startup companies such as Attributer working in the exact same field and Widevine Technologies developing technology to stop downloaded video from being copied.
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