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YouTube hands over user’s ID to Fox

In response to subpoenas, YouTube and Live Digital revealed the identities of two people who uploaded entire episodes of Fox’s 24 a week before the show’s season premiere. In YouTube’s case, the user’s handle is ECOTtotal, and he’s also believed to have uploaded 12 episodes of The Simpsons. “We intend to use the information provided to pursue all available legal remedies against those who infringed our copyrights,” said 20th Century Fox TV VP Chris Alexander. Points out Marshall Kirkpatrick on Techcrunch, “If the episodes of 24 were already circulating on P2P networks before they hit YouTube, as some reports suggest, then this is little more than a symbolic blood-letting.”

Adds Donnie in comments: “I don’t understand why YouTube was so reluctant to hand over the information from the get go. The users obviously broke copyright laws and YouTube’s user agreement, so why bother trying to protect them?”

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