YouTube fails to meet copyright system deadline
As YouTube announced its deal with the Warner Music Group in September, the video sharing site mentioned that it would introduce a new content identification and royalty reporting system by the end of the year. YouTube boasted that the system would bring "sophisticated copyright identification tools" that would help copyright holders not only track down their content on the site, but also collect royalties. However, New Year's Day has come and gone and YouTube has yet to implement any of the features it promised two and a half months ago. The missed deadline could have to do with the Google buyout that followed, although Google itself stated in October that it would take a "tough stance" on copyright infringement once it completed the acquisition.