Contet ID system enhancement prompts YouTube to increase upload limit to 15 minutes

YouTube has increased its upload limit to 15 minutes for all users, and is encouraging its user community to take advantage of the new time block to make their own "15 minutes of fame" video and post it to the site.

The non-partner upload limit has been pegged at 10 minutes for years to discourage users from putting copyrighted content like TV episodes and movies on the site. YouTube now believes its new Content ID system and other tools are adequate to protect content owners from copyright infringement and is relaxing its time limit.

"Because of the success of these ongoing technological efforts, we are able to increase the upload limit today," wrote product manager Joshua Siegel on YouTube's blog. "We will continue our strong commitment to provide advanced technology and tools to protect the rights of small and large copyright owners worldwide. We'll also do everything we can to release incremental improvements like this one that benefit our video creators."

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