YouTube Punishes Copyright Offenders With Animated Pirate Cat

Thursday YouTube announced a new program which requires copyright offenders to watch an animated cartoon starring a pirate cat. “In an adjustment to it’s three-strikes-and-your-banned-for life policy, the site is now requiring alleged offenders to watch a four minute ‘re-education’ movie featuring an animated cat, then complete a four-question multiple choice exam,” YouTube explained on their site. “Only then can the user upload clips again…”

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The cartoon — entitled “Happy Tree Friends” — features singing animals who demonstrate the difference between uploading an infringing video and creating original content. (“YouTube has decided the solution is to patronize those users,” jokes one technology blog.) “Because copyright law can be complicated, education is critical to ensure that our users understand the rules and continue to play by them,” YouTube said in Thursday’s announcement. And some users who complete the YouTube “Copyright School” can also have copyright strikes removed from their account.

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  • DeepCough

    Doesn’t Youtube realize that pirated content is what the majority of people watch on their site?

  • DeepCough

    Doesn’t Youtube realize that pirated content is what the majority of people watch on their site?

    • Anonymous

      yes. this is why they’re committed to not taking it seriously.

    • Butter Knife

      Probably not, since that’s mostly stopped being the case.

      Music videos are generally uploaded by the bands/labels at this point, and many web series and such also post their own videos.

      It’s not 2005 any more.

  • Anonymous

    yes. this is why they’re committed to not taking it seriously.

  • Butter Knife

    Probably not, since that’s mostly stopped being the case.

    Music videos are generally uploaded by the bands/labels at this point, and many web series and such also post their own videos.

    It’s not 2005 any more.

  • Kopy Kat

    Seems pretty hypocritical considering that a google search like +”Crappy new movie” +torrent will come up with dozens of link.

  • Kopy Kat

    Seems pretty hypocritical considering that a google search like +”Crappy new movie” +torrent will come up with dozens of link.

  • justagirl

    that’s some harsh punishments. additionally, i would like to say that many videos that keep getting removed from youtube are the ones that i liked or would like to see. someone should make a newtube.

  • justagirl

    that’s some harsh punishments. additionally, i would like to say that many videos that keep getting removed from youtube are the ones that i liked or would like to see. someone should make a newtube.