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YouTube Removes Copyrighted Videos

31 Oct, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

YouTube, the Internet-based community video site recently purchased by Google for $1.65 billion, has reportedly deleted copyrighted clips from Comedy Central's “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “South Park” from the site.

The action comes as community Web sites — fearful of possible litigation by copyright holders — have begun to proactively purge their sites of uploaded material from third-party sources.

Jeff Reifman, founder of NewsCloud, a Web-based news blog, found himself in the news after YouTube told him the Comedy Central clips he had posted violated provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In an email, YouTube warned Reifman that repeated postings of copyrighted material on the site would result in “the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account,” in addition to possible litigation.

“With less interesting content, YouTube is a lot less interesting now and perhaps not worth the billion dollars Google paid for it,” wrote Reifman on his blog.

A YouTube representative was not immediately available for comment.

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