Google to defend YouTube creators in fair use cases

The search giant is offering legal support to a select group whose videos have been taken down under copyright law. It seeks to develop ‘best practices as a community.’

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Social media sites have boosted their policies for pirated material, and laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act stand to protect intellectual property online.

YouTube has been in the middle of these copyright infringement battles for years, but now it’s stepping up to help its community of creators fight back against unfair claims of intellectual property theft.

The development will affect PR pros and marketers with clients on both sides of the issue.

On Thursday, the search giant announced in a blog post that it would protect “a handful of videos” (along with their creators) that fall under fair use, but have received takedown demands because of copyright violation accusations:

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