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YouTube’s Got the Kat’s Tongue

YouTube just shut down the ability for users of Live Streaming Video app Meerkat to use Katch to auto save videos to YouTube’s platform. This marks the second time in a week that a major media entity sent a “Shut it down” message to Periscope and MeerKat.

Earlier this week, HBO sent a love letter to Twitter, which owns Periscope, with take down notices for any piece of content that contains Game of Throne’s footage. As reported by The Verge:

“HBO has sent takedown notices to Periscope for recordings that include Sunday night’s premiere of Game of Thrones. It’s also taken a dig at Periscope for what it implies is a hands-off attitude toward piracy. “In general, we feel developers should have tools which proactively prevent mass copyright infringement from occurring on their apps and not be solely reliant upon notifications,” HBO says in a statement.”

While Periscope and Meerkat may be the amongst the hottest apps getting a lot of press these days, not all of it is positive news as they both grapple with these Copyright Infrigement issues and take down notices from major media and technology companies.

And just this AM, Katch confirms that YouTube “shut us down this morning without warning”


It’s clear that YouTube doesn’t want to be held liable for any copyright infringement issues here. They’ve spent the better part of the last decade dealing with various law suits including a 2007 copyright infringement case filed by Viacom and just settle this past year.

Because of this type of issue, YouTube has spent a great deal of time and effort developing their Content ID system to detect for copyrighted material. It has evolved into a fairly advanced system, but mainly works off identifying unique ID tags and terms. It would seem that Katch makes it nearly impossible to detect if a video being saved to YouTube contains any copyrighted material.

Sounds to us like it’s back to the drawing board for Persicope and Meerkat/Katch to build an automated Copyright detection system.. Good luck with that


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