You can now disseminate your digital photos and videos on YouTube or Facebook.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get caught with it.
The law enforcement agency that regulates YouTube and Facebook says it’s a violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to post or make publicly available the content of people’s videos, pictures, photos, audio, or other files that contain or contain an obscenety.
And, as the company explains on its official YouTube video page, this law is not limited to videos, but also covers any other files stored in a device.
The company says that, in order to comply with the law, YouTube has partnered with the EFF, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
YouTube is also using data that the EFF says it obtained through the ECPIC and the EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to help identify and remove content posted by users who have violated the law.
These companies say they are working with law enforcement to develop a program to help YouTube remove content from its site that it deems to be offensive.
As of now, the EFF is still seeking a way to use the ECCPA to target and remove these files, and is also in the process of filing a lawsuit against YouTube.
But YouTube has said that it is working on ways to use this information to help fight against the scourge of online copyright infringement.
“We’ve been working with the ECR to build a system to assist in our mission to fight copyright infringement on YouTube, which has seen a drastic rise in the number of takedown requests this year,” a YouTube spokesperson told Polygon.
“Our data analysis tools help us identify copyrighted material that we deem objectionable and we work with the content owners to remove content that they deem inappropriate.”
YouTube’s video policy is more than just the platform’s legal and privacy-related concerns, though.
YouTube’s new tools have also sparked concern among other tech companies.
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it had partnered with EPIC and other civil liberties groups to help the company find ways to address the threat of copyright infringement that is increasingly targeting social media.
“This is a critical issue for the entire tech industry, and it’s something we all need to take seriously,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, in a post on the company’s blog.
“So we’re working with partners around the world to help improve the tools and technologies that are enabling our community to fight back against copyright infringement and other forms of online crime.”