Google and YouTube: A Catch-22

Corporations have complained about YouTube's copyright infringements, but if Google complies with their wishes, it risks angering users

Legal action from News Corp. concerning leaked episodes of the prime-time drama 24 has set the clock ticking for Google. On Jan. 18, the media conglomerate, which owns Twentieth Century Fox and user-content site MySpace, filed a subpoena in a U.S. District Court demanding the identity of "ECOtotal," a YouTube subscriber who had also uploaded episodes of The Simpsons to the video-sharing platform. Google must now decide whether to release information.

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