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November 10, 2014

Death threat forces YouTube to change copyright document

Germany based employee of Al Hayat TV received death threats from an Islamic extremist group.

By CBR Staff Writer

YouTube has made changes to a form that was used to resolve a copyright dispute, following how a Germany based employee of Al Hayat TV received death threats from an Islamic extremist group.

Al Hayat TV was allegedly critical of Islam, and was mostly operated by those who converted their faith from Islam to Christianity.

It received a fake copyright strike from "FirstCrist, Copyright" and according to DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), the employee had to give his identity to YouTube which was then shared with the person who submitted the copyright claim.

Upon giving personal information including name and address, the unnamed Al Hayat TV employee received death threats and has reportedly gone into hiding since then.

Associated Press reported YouTube spokeswoman Mounira Latrache saying: "It takes users’ privacy very seriously but is compelled to act by U.S. copyright law if an infringement is suspected.

"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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