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YouTube Extends 15 Minute Time Limit

December 13, 2010

Loyal users of YouTube will now be able to post videos longer than 15 minutes on the world’s leading video-sharing website.

YouTube raised the video-length limit to 15 minutes for all users, but has sent out word that filmmakers who have not abused copyright and other rules will be exempted from that time cap.

“Our creativity isn’t bound by a time limit, so why should our video uploads be?” Google product manager Joshua Siegel and company software engineer Doug Mayle asked rhetorically in a blog post Friday.

“As long as it’s your original content, it’s fair game regardless of length.”

According to Siegel and Mayle, the move was made possible in part by better tools for identifying copyrighted material posted on YouTube without permission from content owners.

U.S. movie and music studios are among the over 1,000 “global partners” that use a Content ID system to manage their digitized material on YouTube.

Videomakers are able to click an “upload” icon on YouTube to learn whether their accounts qualify to post longer videos.

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