What are copyright owners angry about lately? Apparently, negative reviews of third-rate video games. (credit: Jim Sterling)

Four video creators will come under YouTube’s legal protection now, under a program unveiled today in a company blog post.
“We are offering legal support to a handful of videos that we believe represent clear fair uses which have been subject to DMCA takedowns,” writes YouTube copyright lawyer Fred Von Lohmann. “With approval of the video creators, we’ll keep the videos live on YouTube in the U.S., feature them in the YouTube Copyright Center as strong examples of fair use, and cover the cost of any copyright lawsuits brought against them.”
The company can’t offer legal protection to every video with a strong fair-use defense, but Von Lohmann writes that “even the small number of videos we are able to protect will make a positive impact on the entire YouTube ecosystem, ensuring YouTube remains a place where creativity and expression can be rewarded.”
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