YouTube in trouble over 24 clips

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YouTube got served.

The online video site has been served a subpeona by 20th Century Fox because full episodes of 24 and The Simpsons wound up there. The subpoena orders YouTube to reveal the real name of the user who uploaded them, ECOtotal.

The subpeona was filed by 20th Century Fox on January 18 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, according to tech blog Google Watch.

In the case of 24, the episodes were uploaded to YouTube before they aired on TV. Fox says the uploaded shows will cause it "irreparable harm" and is seeking to file a suit under the Digital Copyright Act.

Last year, YouTube complied with a subpoena from Paramount Pictures to divulge the name of a user who had uploaded clips from the film Twin Towers.

YouTube declined to comment on the issue. Fox confirmed it had served a supeona to YouTube and another video site, LiveDigital, which also had the 24 episodes on it.

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