After receiving numerous complaints over the 10 minute limit, it looks as if the boys and girls at Google are going to expand everyone’s current video allotment by an extra 300 seconds (or 5 minutes for you time geeks).
We want YouTube to be the best place to upload video. Without question, the number one requested feature by our creators is to upload videos longer than 10 minutes. Weâ€™ve heard you, and today weâ€™re pleased to announce that weâ€™ve increased the upload limit to 15 minutes.
We encourage you to take full advantage of this new time limit by making a video of your â€œ15 minutes of fame.â€ Imagine that this video is all the world will ever know about you: what would you want to communicate? What will be the enduring stamp youâ€™ve left on us all? Tag your video with â€œyt15minutes,â€ upload it by Wednesday, August 4, and weâ€™ll select a handful of people to truly gain their 15 minutes of fame by featuring them on the YouTube homepage in a future spotlight. (Official YouTube Blog)
YouTube goes on to explain that the reason they are expanding the time limits is due to the success of their content ID system which prevents users from uploading pirated content (which Viacom sued YouTube over and lost).
Although YouTube has yet to attract some of the premium content that is becoming common place amongst rivals (like Hulu), the extra 5 minuets may attract short film creators who can help bring more quality videos to the Youtube universe (beyond dogs on skateboards andÂ deodorantÂ commercials).