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Google and YouTube: A Catch-22


Google and YouTube: A Catch-22

Legal action from News Corp. concerning leaked episodes of the prime-time drama 24 has set the clock ticking for Google...

However, Google does have a quiet history of revealing information about users accused of copyright violations, says Fred von Lohmann, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has been involved with subpoena fights concerning Google and its users. Typically, von Lohmann says, Google gives users 20 days' notice and an opportunity to respond before handing over information. In YouTube's privacy policy, the company indicates it will release identifiable information that it believes is necessary to enforce its Terms of Use, which bans uploading copyrighted material, or protect itself against liability and "third-party claims or allegations," among other things.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
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