YouTube will pay legal fees for some facing unfair takedown demands

Users facing 'unfair' video takedown demands get legal backing from YouTube.

Published Nov 19, 2015 6:19 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:03 PM CST
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YouTube stated today it will be paying legal fees for some of its video creators facing what they believe to be unfair takedown demands. While many demands are legitimate, YouTube's feeling is fair use laws -- which protect reuse of content for commentary, criticism, news, and parody -- aren't getting enough respect.

YouTube will pay legal fees for some facing unfair takedown demands |

The aim is to fight for fair use, but also to strengthen the relationship between itself and its content creators. As of now, it's backing four of them (one runs "UFO Theater", another is abortion rights group Naral Pro-Choice Ohio), but has said it may expand.

"We want, when we can, to have our users' backs," says YouTube's legal director for copyright Fred von Lohmann. "We believe even the small number of videos we are able to protect will make a positive impact on the entire YouTube ecosystem."

"It's become incredibly easy to take down legitimate content, and we need a counterbalance to that situation, so we welcome YouTube's announcement," remarked Corynne McSherry, legal director of digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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