Google testing content filter

April 17, 2007 at 3:25 PM

LAS VEGAS, April 17 (UPI) -- California-based search engine giant Google and several partners are testing a content filtering system to help keep copyrighted videos off YouTube.

Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt told attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas Monday that the new filtering system will be ready to go to work within weeks, Variety reported Tuesday.

Schmidt said that with the new technology, which he called "claim your content," any legitimate copyright holder can register videos they made. Then any copies uploaded onto YouTube, which Google owns, will be filtered out.

Schmidt also used the forum to criticize Viacom's litigious ways.

"With Viacom you're either doing a business deal with them or you're being sued by them," said Schmidt, whose Internet search engine company is fending off a billion-dollar-plus suit by Viacom over alleged copyright infringement on YouTube.

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