After being under fire from several third party companies, video piracy is about to be tackled by Facebook in order to assure users that their original content with remain theirs alone, and not infringed upon their rights. It’s one of the most well known problems of the internet, and the social media networking company is certainly not the first victim of pirates.
Everything you post on communities, forums, social media, or any other platform out of the countless ones existent, it becomes part of the public domain. However, not all users wish or know how to watermark their work, even if they do not want other users to replicate it or re-upload it.
With the rise of YouTube, videos have become the targets of pirates or other users greedily seeking views based on another’s work. Facebook is now diving deeper into the waters of video-sharing, reaching a reported 4 billion views per day in just one year of releasing the service. It’s an impressive feat, even for someone as popular as Facebook.
Re-uploading is becoming a serious issue for content creators. The user posting it might not be sharing, and instead would be directly and falsely posing as the uploader. By the time a video reaches your News Feed, it might’ve changed users several times from its actual creator. It’s certainly not fair, and they are now asking for security measures to keep their original videos as theirs.
All of nearly 1.5 billion users are being reassured that Facebook are working on copyright infringement of videos uploaded to their website. Certain third-parties have complained about its stark neglect, so the social media networking company is now reportedly focusing on the issue, with the help of Audible Magic.
The system will be using audio fingerprinting in order to detect pirates from re-uploading already existing videos and protect the poster’s rights. It will allow owners to flag and report users who have swiped their content and posted it as their own, which Facebook will reportedly follow up with a quick removal.
In fact, according to Facebook, repeated offenders will be carefully tracked and it will ultimately end with their banning from the social media website if the user has broken the rules one too many times. Perhaps at three strikes, you will literally be booted out of Facebook, but that’s nothing to worry about for users who understand the fairness and rightful use of the ‘Share’ feature.
Sharing is good, stealing is bad. Facebook is reportedly working on a way that will properly make both users and ill-intended pirates understand the difference.
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