Saturday, November 27, 2010

ASL Ally is Back Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Earlier this month, the popular YouTube account belonging to Allyson Townsend (also known as ASL Ally) was shut down due to complaints that Ally's translations of the songs into American Sign Language were violating copyright.

Now Ally's YouTube account is back thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which was founded in 1990, and "confront[s] cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today." Cindy Cohn argued that the music was clearly used under fair use and that the work was altruistic. She says, "The problem is that the various music groups hire zombies and trained monkeys who scour the Internet searching for any use of their licensed material regardless of the context or purpose. Often, this leads to flagged entries and complaints on sites like YouTube that really should have been approached with greater discretion."

Definitely check out Allison's YouTube account. It's great.

(via Houston Press Blogs and Boing Boing)

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