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M.I.T's YouTomb Tracks Video Takedowns

CAMBRIDGE, MA (Hypebot) – YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation. WMG, Viacom and animator Funimation are among the top companies demanding video removals.

YouTomb continually monitors the most popular videos on YouTube. Any information available in the metadata is retained, including who issued the complaint and how long the video was up before takedown. The goal of the project is to identify how YouTube recognizes potential copyright violations as well as to aggregate mistakes made by the algorithm. WMG, Viacomm and animator Funimation