YOUTUBE AMENDS COPYRIGHT FORM AFTER GERMAN DISPUTE

BERLIN (AP) – YouTube has amended a form used to resolve copyright disputes after the operators of a German web channel received death threats.

The threats by alleged Islamic extremists came after Al Hayat TV, operated by former Muslims, was told by YouTube to respond to a claim of copyright infringement or risk being shut down.

Al Hayat presenter Barino Barsoum says the form required a contact name and address, and efforts to contact YouTube for clarification were fruitless.

A spokeswoman for YouTube’s owner Google said Friday it takes users’ privacy very seriously but is compelled to act by U.S. copyright law if an infringement is suspected.

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Mounira Latrache says Al Hayat could have entered the contact details of a lawyer instead, and the form has been revised to highlight this option.

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