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EFF takes Viacom to task over YouTube takedown

July 18, 2007

A watchdog group is encouraging those wrongly accused of posting pirated Viacom material on YouTube to stand up to the giant conglomerate--even if it means a court fight...

EFF compared Viacom's actions to fishermen who cast a wide net and mistakenly trap a porpoise. The group suggested in a note on its Web site that some of those accused of copyright violations may need legal help.

"It may make more sense to go to court to assert your rights," EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann wrote on the organization's site.

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