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YouTube removes influential conservative website ‘ s channel

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The YouTube channel of the influential conservative politics, and law website of Legal Insurrection has been removed by the video-sharing service, citing copyright infringement claims.

“This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement with respect to material that is placed by the user,” explains YouTube, in a communication to the channel of the page.

Legal Insurrection founder and publisher, the Cornell University Professor William Jacobson has expressed his anger and astonishment at the channel to delete. “It is very frustrating, it is very scary, 8 years to remove content, without a chance to defend yourself,” he told FoxNews.com.

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In an email, Jacobson said that he never received notice of the claims prior to the channel of the removal on Thursday. On Friday, the publisher received a notification from YouTube that the copyright claims were lodged by the Modern Languages Association (MLA), based on audio of a MLA vote on a resolution on a boycott of Israeli universities.

“It is clear that this is a politically motivated move,” he told FoxNews.com. “I never got any request or complaint of the MLA. These were perfectly legitimate fair use clips with big newsworthiness.”

The Legal Insurrection website, which is widely cited in the conservative media, receives hundreds of thousands of visitors per month. Her YouTube channel contain a wealth of content, including original reporting, according to Jacobson.

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“We take copyright issues very seriously, both on YouTube and our website,” he said.” We have a large readership, and the videos that disappeared included significant original content that has been shared widely on other websites.”

YouTube has not yet responded to a request for comment on this story FoxNews.com.

Founded in 2005, YouTube was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion the following year. YouTube now has more than a billion users, which is almost a third of all users on the Internet.

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