by Michelle Lentz

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Over on Mashable, they noticed that YouTube is now muting videos that use unauthorized music. It’s kind of creepy. (I’ve embedded one below.)

Each video sports an explanation on its YouTube page:

YouTube Muting Policy

While I understand why YouTube is doing this, I can’t help but wonder about the ramifications. I’m a bit fuzzy on fair use, but this will definitely have an impact on fan-made / homemade videos and such. YouTube may get quiet in a hurry.

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    no imageaaaaaaaaa (Who am I?)14 January 2009 5:26 pm

    If you bump into a muted video on youtube, post this comment:

    ‘We love music! We can’t stand by silently while the music industry continues its decades-long effort to lock up our culture! If you think that it sucks that audio had to be disabled here BOYCOTT MUSIC INDUSTRY!

    - Only buy audio-cds second-hand from now on (Use amazon’s second-hand section or ebay from apparently private persons)

    - Don’t download from online music stores anymore

    - Support self-marketing bands

    - Spread this message here on every muted video you encounter’

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