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In Newslaundry vs Aaj Tak, is YouTube allowing the misuse of copyright claims to stifle dissent?

After 55 copyright complaints in 2 weeks, YouTube took action; but could the decision have been more than just a bad call?

"I don't know how YouTube plans to nurture and encourage a digital news ecosystem with independent platforms if this is how they allow legacy [media] to completely misuse their rules," Abhinandan Sekhri, Newslaundry's co-founder, told MediaNama, referring to the platform's decision to block Newslaundry's YouTube channel after TV news channel Aaj Tak reported it to YouTube for copyright infringement. Aaj Tak filed 55 copyright complaints against the channel within 2 weeks. As a result, Newslaundry's YouTube channel was locked on September 29, leaving the digital media body unable to upload new videos on the platform. YouTube's decision raises serious questions regarding the misuse of its enforcement procedures to stifle dissent and freedom of expression. Why was Newslaundry's account frozen and what happened after? Newslaundry is a digital media platform that provides media critique, for which it often shows excerpts of Aaj Tak's reportage to critique and comment on it in its YouTube videos. After Aaj Tak filed multiple copyright claims against Newslaundry, the digital media channel received 5 copyright strikes from YouTube. YouTube allows the complainant to decide what action to take regarding copyright violations. In some cases, Aaj Tak decided that the video must be taken down. In others, the TV channel decided to monetise Newslaundry's videos and earn from the ads, Newslaundry revealed in a video report on the event. Newslaundry has sent a legal response to YouTube regarding the issue and is still awaiting a resolution. When asked about his communication with YouTube, Sekhri told MediaNama: Me and…

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