New adventures in avoiding YouTube Content ID

YouTube has Content ID, an automated system where publishers can identify and remove their works from YouTube if others upload them. This is why if you search for popular shows, you’ll usually only find shaky-cam or horizontally flipped versions on YouTube. Cnelson alerted me to the latest wrinkle embedded above: tinting the whole video to avoid detection.

I’ve been curious about the lengths people will go to post content. A couple years ago, Scott Smitelli tested the audio identification engine to see just how much he had to modify a track to have it go unnoticed. Andy Baio has recently covered how YouTube’s Content ID puts too much power in the accuser’s hands.

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