A lawyer in Virginia filed a lawsuit Monday against Google for allegedly using copyright infringement to get a takedown notice removed from a website, a case that could ultimately have far-reaching implications for online privacy and free speech.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, claims that Google violated a DMCA’s “fair use” clause in an October 2014 takedown notice that Google posted on YouTube.
The notice was removed after several complaints about the website’s “lack of respect for copyright.”
A representative for Google told Ars that the company “does not comment on pending litigation.”
Ars reached out to Google for comment.
The legal filing also argues that the notice is “clearly a copyright infringement” and is therefore invalid under the DMCA.
Ars reached a deal with Google for a free trial on the site’s free trial service.
Ars will publish Ars Technicam coverage of the case at the same time as it publishes the full complaint.
Ars Technico reached out and will update this article when we have more information.
Ars first reported the lawsuit.
The case is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern Division of Virginia.
Ars has contacted Google for further comment.