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YouTube Extends Video Time Limits for Obedient Users

youtube logoLess than five months after extending video time limits to 15 minutes, YouTube has decided to lengthen them again. YouTube product manager Joshua Siegel wrote in a blog post that the streaming giant chose to drop its time limit thanks to "advances in Content ID," the system that scans every video uploaded to YouTube, and compares its data with data provided by copyright holders. As of right now, the expanded time limit is only available to users "who have a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines."

The move will allow YouTube to start hosting things like concert bootlegs and college lectures, content that had once been confined to competitors. The people at Wolfgang's Vault are probably pretty pissed, but community theater, regional athletic departments and education activists must be thrilled.

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