If their 500 employees are going to sit there and watch each and every video, then sure — I think they would notice some that are obviously from pluralsight. But first of all, that’s an unreasonable request. And second of all, there is probably a ton of content on there which is pirated without watermarks and would be legitimately hard to know where it came from without conducting a very expensive and elaborate search. Its just not realistic to filter manually though each and every upload, and I think you know that even though you aren’t saying it.
If DMCA isn’t enough, the only argument that can really be made is that since the site can’t filter itself it shouldn’t exist, and that’s what depresses me. Because I don’t think the site was created for the purposes of piracy, and there is plenty of legimate and very educational content on there.
When a video is determined to be pirated content, maybe there should be a way of paying the original artist, I don’t know to be honest. But I don’t think Udemy is sitting there saying “yup our plan is to just make money from pirated material”. That just isn’t an honest analysis.
And while I agree that udemy should do better at coming up with the solution, I’m not sure that it’s really all on them to find all the pirated content. Like I said already, there is plenty of illegal content on sites like YouTube, much of which youtube’s automated filters will never catch and the only way it will get taken down is with a request.
I mean, I agree you are not the one that has to come up with the solution, but, as a developer, you can at least spend a few minutes just trying to think about what a realistic possible solution could be, and realize that such a thing is not a simple task. There is no equivalent of “Shazam”/”SoundHound” that determines which educational video is currently playing. Even if someone were to dedicate resources to build such a thing, it probably wouldn’t be realistically possible and potentially not even legal in itself to hash all the videos to build those indexes. That doesn’t mean the problem should get ignored, but apart from taking down the site, I don’t know what better they can do. Hire a team to manually analyze the videos, and get them down, but eventually this becomes too expensive and will lead to the site’s demise. So in my mind, basically what you are saying is that sites like Udemy just shouldn’t exist, which I personally think is worse than having the content be pirated.