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Turkey renews YouTube ban

November 3, 2010

A Turkish court has reinstated a 30-month ban on YouTube days after it was removed, as a dispute continued over the video-sharing website’s refusal to remove content deemed illegal in the EU candidate country.

Access has been blocked by the Turkish government since May 2008 after users posted videos Turkey says are insulting to the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. A court in Ankara had lifted the ban, after a German-based firm at the request of Turkish authorities removed the videos by using an automated copyright system designed by Google to protect copyrighted material. YouTube later said it had reinstated the videos, arguing such videos did not violate users’ copyright.

Now a separate court in Ankara has ruled that the ban should be reinstated — this time over a secretly taped video purportedly showing a politician in a bedroom with an aide.

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