YouTube Asking Customers To “Blow Whistle” When Publishers Fail To Show Closed Captions

YouTube Law submission form
All television stations under an FCC mandated released this Summer but provide their TV content with closed captioning enabled. Now with the law in effect YouTube is going after its publishers to do the same. To reach its goal YouTube is asking for “whistleblowers” to report content they believe should feature closed captions.
The videos that should include closed caption can be reported via a special web form. The form is forwarded to the content provider which in turn must answer the complaint. Once an answer is given YouTube forwards the content providers response back to the user.

Abusing the form comes with the following warning:

“Abuse of this webform may result in termination of your YouTube account.”

To keep everything above board YouTube requires a digital signature with each form submitted. The signature proceeding the following statement:

“I believe in good faith that the video(s) and information listed above are required by law to contain captions.”

When released for full compliance in August Amazon, YouTube and various other members of the Digital Media Association (DiMA) asked for an extension because “the current September 30, 2012 deadline is unrealistic due to technical difficulties.”  The extension was not granted.

The new feature arrives just one week after YouTube began allowing users to fight copyright claims made against them, a huge step for user rights on the world’s largest social video sharing platform.



  1. Chase says

    Publishers should definitely be responsible for making their content accessible. Nowadays, captioning can easily be done by outsourcing to a captioning service, such as, which costs only about $1 per minute for fast and accurate captions.

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