Google Cheered for Supporting YouTube Users in Fair Use Fights

Google received widespread praise for announcing it would bankroll some users in their legal fights against illegitimate copyright takedown notices of their YouTube videos. Google launched the groundbreaking program in late 2015, stating it would indemnify certain users it had identified as strong examples of fair use for up to $1 million in legal costs. Google was immediately praised by a wide variety of groups, including users, civil rights groups, and the news media, who heralded the move as “a game-changer” and called on other tech companies to follow Google’s lead.

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