YouTube is launching a tool for creators that verifies if their videos are stolen. Now, every time a video is uploaded to YouTube, the service will scan and verify if the content already exists or is very similar to other videos on the site. It will only identify full videos, not clips.
The tool, which YouTube calls the Copyright Match tool, will be launched to creators with more than 100,000 subscribers starting next week. It will be extended to more users in the coming months. Creators who use the tool will receive notification if copies of their videos appear on YouTube. If the tool finds matches, the creators can decide what action to take. They can not do anything, contact the person who made the copy or ask YouTube to remove the copy.
You have to be the first person to upload the video so that the tool considers it the original creator, so there is the possibility that someone else will copy your video that is already on Vimeo or Facebook and upload it on YouTube before you.
YouTube already has a similar program called Content ID, which helps copyright owners find people who use their content without permission. Content ID has more limited availability and, unlike this new tool, it also allows content owners to monetize unauthorized uses of their work.