YouTube closes down Legal Insurrection’s Channel

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YouTube closes down Legal Insurrection’s Channel

Legal Insur­rec­tion, one of the best con­ser­v­a­tive web­sites, had hun­dreds of videos deleted (empha­sis added):

YouTube took down Legal Insurrection’s Chan­nel with­out any prior notice based on “mul­ti­ple third-​party claims of copy­right infringe­ment,” but we never received any claims of infringe­ment.

We have lost hun­dreds of videos, includ­ing a lot of orig­i­nal con­tent on impor­tant news sub­jects. You now will see dis­abled videos in hun­dreds of our posts.

Legal Insurrection’s cre­ator, William Jacob­son, is a law pro­fes­sor. After inquir­ing, he found out

that the copy­right claims were filed by the Mod­ern Lan­guage Asso­ci­a­tion based on excerpts of audio of pro– and anti-​Israel speak­ers at the MLA Annual Meet­ing we reported on in this post, Mas­sive DEFEAT for BDS at Mod­ern Lan­guage Asso­ci­a­tion.

What is BDS?

The Boy­cott, Divest­ment, Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment works to end inter­na­tional sup­port for Israel’s oppres­sion of Pales­tini­ans and pres­sure Israel to com­ply with inter­na­tional law.

The Mod­ern Lan­guage Asso­ci­a­tion doesn’t like it when some­one posts videos of what their mem­bers actu­ally say at their con­fer­ences. They com­plain to YouTube, which duti­fully fol­lows their order to cen­sor with­out telling the per­son who posted the video, in effect attack­ing Legal Insurrection’s rep­u­ta­tion as a source of facts.

YouTube recently removed dozens of Prager Uni­ver­sity videos, among them:

  • Why Don’t Fem­i­nists Fight for Mus­lim Women?
  • Who’s More Pro-​Choice: Europe or America?
  • What ISIS Wants
  • Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?
  • Is Amer­ica Racist?
  • Israel: The World’s Most Moral Army
  • Rad­i­cal Islam: The Most Dan­ger­ous Ideology
  • The Most Impor­tant Ques­tion About Abortion
  • Why Do Peo­ple Become Islamic Extremists?
  • Pak­istan: Can Sharia and Free­dom Coexist?

If by now you don’t real­ize we’re fight­ing a cul­ture war, you haven’t been pay­ing attention.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog.

Legal Insurrection, one of the best conservative websites, had hundreds of videos deleted (emphasis added):

YouTube took down Legal Insurrection’s Channel without any prior notice based on “multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement,” but we never received any claims of infringement.

We have lost hundreds of videos, including a lot of original content on important news subjects. You now will see disabled videos in hundreds of our posts.

Legal Insurrection’s creator, William Jacobson, is a law professor. After inquiring, he found out

that the copyright claims were filed by the Modern Language Association based on excerpts of audio of pro- and anti-Israel speakers at the MLA Annual Meeting we reported on in this post, Massive DEFEAT for BDS at Modern Language Association.

What is BDS?

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

The Modern Language Association doesn’t like it when someone posts videos of what their members actually say at their conferences. They complain to YouTube, which dutifully follows their order to censor without telling the person who posted the video, in effect attacking Legal Insurrection’s reputation as a source of facts.

YouTube recently removed dozens of Prager University videos, among them:

  • Why Don’t Feminists Fight for Muslim Women?
  • Who’s More Pro-Choice: Europe or America?
  • What ISIS Wants
  • Are 1 in 5 Women Raped at College?
  • Is America Racist?
  • Israel: The World’s Most Moral Army
  • Radical Islam: The Most Dangerous Ideology
  • The Most Important Question About Abortion
  • Why Do People Become Islamic Extremists?
  • Pakistan: Can Sharia and Freedom Coexist?

If by now you don’t realize we’re fighting a culture war, you haven’t been paying attention.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.