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An organization representing rodeo cowboys has agreed to pay $25,000 to an animal rights group in order to settle a suit claiming the cowboys abused DMCA takedown notices in order to quiet critics.

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In a settlement announced today, a rodeo association has agreed to pay the animal rights group SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) $25,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed this summer in which SHARK accused the cowboys of abusing the takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to silence criticism.

Since late 2006, SHARK has been posting YouTube videos that the group believes show instances of rodeo animals being mistreated. That didn't sit well with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which had sanctioned several of the events caught on camera. The group sent YouTube a DMCA notice claiming that the videos infringed their copyrights, and the video streaming site promptly closed SHARK's account.

In a settlement announced today, a rodeo association has agreed to pay the animal rights group SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness) $25,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed this summer in which SHARK accused the cowboys of abusing the takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to silence criticism.

Since late 2006, SHARK has been posting YouTube videos that the group believes show instances of rodeo animals being mistreated. That didn't sit well with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which had sanctioned several of the events caught on camera. The group sent YouTube a DMCA notice claiming that the videos infringed their copyrights, and the video streaming site promptly closed SHARK's account.

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full story:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/02/shark-vs-cowboy-dmca-fight-settled.ars

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