YouTube (s GOOG) announced on its blog Thursday that it won’t limit video uploads to 15 minutes anymore. However, not everyone will be able to upload entire feature-length video productions: The new freedom only applies to “selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules.”
So how long can your uploads be, provided that you’re one of the lucky ones? A YouTube spokesperson told us that there is “no time limit” for uploads of pre-approved users. The company is celebrating this as yet another success of its copyright filters. From its blog post:
“This launch has been made possible in part by the continued advances in our state-of-the-art Content ID system, as well as our other powerful tools for copyright owners. Over 1000 global partners use Content ID to manage their content on YouTube, including every major U.S. movie studio and music label.”
Uploads with no time limits aren’t entirely new to YouTube. Partners of the site were already able to upload videos longer than 15 minutes. Extending these privileges to more users is also a tribute to the fact that the costs of distributing video are continuously falling, as well as YouTube’s ambitions to attract more longer-form content suitable of being consumed via a televisionwith a lean-back experience.
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