San Bruno (CA) - YouTube has begun instituting a new policy which does not remove content containing copyrighted audio from a user's list of videos. However, YouTube will now mute the audio portion so the video still plays, but without sound.
Accompanying muted YouTube video pages is a new message which reads: "NOTICE: This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled." The message also contains a link for YouTube viewers to read "More about copyright."
The new policy leaves all comments in tact, rating systems and video responses and position in any chains. It also affords the account holder the opportunity to obtain permission to use the copyrighted audio. Once satisfied, YouTube will re-enable the audio track.