Microsoft’s YouTube back online

Microsoft has reopened its video upload site, MSN Soapbox, two months after the site was closed to the public due to copyright concerns.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 5, 2007

Microsoft has reopened its video upload site, MSN Soapbox, two months after the site was closed to the public due to copyright concerns. The revamped site - at http://soapbox.msn.com - now lets any web visitors view videos without them needing to be signed in first, and includes also includes content filtering. Provided by Audible Magic, the aim of this control is to allow Microsoft to identify when potentially copyrighted material is uploaded and in turn avoid the lawsuits that are reportedly building in number against the Google owned YouTube. At the time of writing, MSN Soapbox offered visitors approximately 60,739 viewable video uploads, compared to the hundreds of thousands a YouTube spokesperson told Windows Middle East that are uploaded each day onto YouTube.

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