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Google reposts 'offensive' Atatürk videos


Itching for a fight, Google has reposted the YouTube videos that Turkey deemed offensive to the memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country's founder, just after their disappearance from the site prompted Turkish officials to lift its ban on access.

Reacting to the lifting of the ban sanctioned by the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Ankara over the weekend, Google said that a third party - not YouTube - "has apparently removed some of the videos that have caused the blocking of YouTube in Turkey using our automated copyright complaint process."

According to the Wall Street Journal, four videos were taken off the site by a Turkish group of volunteers using Google's automatic copyright protection system.

Google said it had looked into the matter and could find no case of copyright infringement so it reinstated the clips.

"When we looked into this, we found the videos were not, in fact, copyright infringing, so we have put them back up, though they continue to be restricted within Turkey. We hope very much that our users in Turkey can continue to enjoy YouTube," the company said in a statement.

Turkey blocked access to YouTube in 2008 having discovered the videos and unblocked access to the site after they were forced off the web. Now they're back and YouTube is unblocked so we expect a right kerfuffle to ensue.

We had a noodle about but can't figure out which videos are being referred to. There's definitely some weird stuff out there though.