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 Lawsuit against Google's video service

In Google's most recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, covering the quarter ending Sept. 30, the search giant revealed that its own online video-sharing service is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit. Google downplayed the lawsuit but did not offer any additional details about it: "This is a small lawsuit over a single video that appeared briefly."

The information could be related to cease and desist letters sent to Google by Landmark Education. The case involves a documentary film that aired on French TV in 2004 and was critical of Landmark Education and appeared on YouTube and Google. The film features hidden camera footage shot inside a Landmark Forum event in France and a panel discussion on whether or not the organization is a “cult.” Landmark demands details of the identity of the person(s) who had uploaded copies (with English-language subtitles) to these websites. For more information on the case see the EFF-Website.

On November 17, 2006, the Apologetics Index website received a Cease and Desist letter from attorneys in Amsterdam representing Landmark Education. The letter stated that Landmark Education demanded Apologetics Index remove their hyperlink to the Cult Awareness Information Centre's streaming video version of the documentary, due to alleged "copyright infringement" of their "Landmark Forum Leaders Manual" (TXu 1-120-461). The Apologetics Index responded on their site that after reading the responses from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, they do not intend to comply with Landmark's demands. Further information on this matter is available on the Apologetics page on Landmark Education.




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