Internet video site YouTube is to test a new video fingerprinting technology to address copyright concerns.
The software will identify unique attributes in video clips and could be used to prevent copyrighted clips from being uploaded without permission.
YouTube executive Chris Maxcy told News
agency Reuters that the tool would be tested in a month's time.
Breach of copyright has been an ongoing issue for the Google-owned video sharing site.
In March, media company Viacom launched a lawsuit against the company for $1bn (£507m).
The firm, which owns MTV and Nickelodeon, charged Google and YouTube with "massive intentional copyright infringement" for alleged unauthorised use of its clips.