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January 29, 2009

Fair use & YouTube

If there's one thing we've heard repeatedly from content owners when it comes to user-generated content, it's that there's no need to worry; fair use would be respected. But Kevin Lee's story shows just how many problems remain with the content owners' use of DMCA takedown notices, and the chilling effects that such notices can have on speech. Lee is a film critic and blogger who uses an online video essay format that uses film clips like a professor might, as part of his criticism and commentary. . . . After YouTube passed on a third DMCA notice this week, though, the company disabled his account and removed all his work:

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