Thursday, November 02, 2006

MySpace attempts to clean up its act

As if MySpace wasn't already slow, clunky and buggier than a six-months dead man's underpants, they're now promising to introduce software to block and remove copyright material from Rupert Murdoch's social networking site.

Except, of course, there's not actually any software that can do that. They can scan files to see if they match a list of blocked files, but since that list will merely be drawn up by the loudest-shouting copyright holders, what MySpace actually means is that it's going to try and block files owned by people liable to throw their legal weight around. We suspect that if you're uploading files from, say, a Bulgarian classical label, you might find that the system fails to spot that.

Persistent "offenders" will be kicked off the service. Let's hope they don't tell everyone where they're going instead, eh?