YouTube Hands Over Names in Copyright Fight

Feb 14, 2007  •  Post A Comment

YouTube handed over to 20th Century Fox Television the names of two alleged copyright pirates who uploaded unauthorized copies of Fox’s “24” and “The Simpsons” to the video-sharing Web site last month.

YouTube parent Google complied late last week with a subpoena 20th Century Fox filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California requesting the names of the uploaders. Google, which purchased YouTube last year for $1.65 billion, is contending with new pressure to cleanse the site of copyright material. Viacom last week demanded that YouTube pull 100,000 clips down.

The two alleged pirates posted copies of “24,” a marquee property, in advance of the season premiere last month.

“We intend to use the information provided to pursue all available legal remedies against those who infringed our copyrights,” Fox spokesperson Chris Alexander said in a statement. “As we have long maintained, Fox is committed to vigorously protecting our content from illegal Internet distribution and other forms of piracy.”

Turning over the names of pirates is not uncommon in copyright battles. Many Web sites have cooperated with content owners during the piracy legal fights over the last few years in the music, movie and TV industries.

(Editor: Baumann)