updated 06:00 pm EDT, Fri May 11, 2007
MySpace copyright hammer
Frustrated by users uploading videos a second time, after initial censorship for copyright violation, MySpace is cracking down with a new tool called "Take Down, Stay Down." After a copyright holder points out an offending video, MySpace is now able to not only pull the clip, but keep a digital fingerprint that enters a copyright filter. In theory, at least, this software should be able to block illegal videos before they can even be uploaded.
Particularly since its acquisition by Fox, MySpace has become notoriously strict about its pages, policing them for both illegal and "offensive" material. Site managers are able not only to remove videos, but audio as well, and in some cases delete entire posts or accounts. MySpace initially served as a means for bands to promote their music and connect with fans and other musicians.