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    YouTube has sent popular technology blog TechCrunch a legal "cease and desist" letter claiming violation of its terms of use - including copyright infringement.
    The video-sharing website has sent the letter via law firm Wilson Sonsini & Rosati, despite the fact that the site is itself a potential magnet for legal action.

    Much of the popularity of YouTube has been built on the uploading of videos that contain copyright material from music, TV and film companies without authorisation.

    YouTube has accused TechCrunch, the blog that first reported early rumours on the Google/YouTube deal, of a number of violations of its terms of use, "tortious interference of a business relationship", and of committing an "unfair business practice" and "false advertising". The letter demands that TechCrunch stops engaging in these activities or face legal action.

    The nub of the issues is a tool created by TechCrunch that lets people download YouTube videos onto their own computer hard drives.

    TechCrunch said that it created the tool only after a "careful review" of YouTube's terms of use.

    But YouTube has responded that its terms of use mean that users are only allowed to access videos through the functionality of its website via internet streaming, and that it "disallows" downloading.

    Although TechCrunch believes it is not in breach of YouTube's terms of use, the company says it is "likely to remove the tool" to preserve its relationship with the video-sharing giant.

    "The irony of YouTube accusing others of copyright infringement is delicious," the company's blog states. "But I won't go into that right now."

    While YouTube has moved to stem potential legal action by striking revenue-share deals with media, film and music companies, there are still plenty of big players disgruntled over copyright issues.

    Last month, a digital rights company representing sporting bodies such as the Uefa Champions League, Formula One and the FA Premier League asked YouTube to remove about 1,000 videos because of copyright infringement.

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    saw it, thanks

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