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YouTube restores influential conservative website ‘ s channel

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a YouTube logo, in this picture illustration in Zenica Oct. 29, 2014. (REUTERS/dado Ruvic)

The YouTube channel of the influential conservative politics, and law website of Legal Insurrection was controversially removed by the video sharing service last week, is restored.

YouTube had cited copyright infringement claims when it took the channel down on Jan.12.

Legal Insurrection founder and publisher, the Cornell University Professor William told Jacobson FoxNews.com that YouTube had restored the channel Sunday.

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“I am happy that our YouTube channel has been restored, the fact remains that we were removed without notice or the opportunity to defend ourselves against what we believe are unjustified infringement on copyright,” he told FoxNews.com via e-mail. “We plan to fight the copyright claims, if they are exercised in the court.”

On Friday, the publisher received a notification from YouTube that the copyright claims were lodged by the Modern Languages Association (MLA) based on the audio posted of a recent MLA vote on a resolution on a boycott of Israeli universities. The boycott of the resolution at the MLA Delegate Assembly has failed.

The audio of the MLA vote has not been restored to the YouTube channel. Legal Insurrection has filed a “counter notice” with YouTube, dispute the copyright claims, according to Jacobson, who said that the MLA has 10-14 business days to seek relief in court. “If they are not, or if they are not successful, then YouTube will restore the contested items,” he added.

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The Legal Insurrection website, which is widely cited in the conservative media, receives hundreds of thousands of visitors per month. The website of the YouTube channel has accumulated more than 3 million views since it was founded in 2008 and has nearly 3,000 subscribers.

Jacobson told FoxNews.com that he is on the YouTube channel could suddenly be removed again. “Every time I click now on our YouTube account, I wonder when it comes to his or disappeared without notice,” he said. “We have learned the lesson not to put all our video eggs in the YouTube basket. I’ve downloaded more than 200 videos for storage should this happen again.”

Neither YouTube, nor the MLA has not yet responded to a request for comment on this story.

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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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