Non-Partner content developers uploading videos to YouTube can now provide multimedia up to 15 minutes in length. The company announced today that they have extended their 10-minute time limit effective immediately.
YouTube has announced that the extension is being given since they now have more copyright controls available for content providers, which means it is less likely that users will upload copies of TV series, movies and other copyrighted materials without being censored.
To promote the new 15-minute extension YouTube has launched “15 Minutes Of Fame” a contest in which users can tag their 15 minute videos with the tag “yt15minutes” at which point winners will be features on the homepage of YouTube. The 15 Minutes of Fame contest includes videos uploaded up until August 4th.
So is 15 minutes going to help create stronger content or just give idiots a reason to rant more about nothing? I’ve guess more ranting is on the way.