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OFF BEAT: YouTube user gets legal book thrown at him over 'Judge Judy'


Though it’s unlikely that Judge Judy will hear the case, the production company behind this reigning queen of daytime television is suing a YouTube user for allegedly posting an unauthorized video of the reality TV court show.

The suit, filed Oct. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserts that YouTube user Ignacio De Los Angeles posted a September 2006 episode of the show on the video-streaming site without the permission of Big Ticket Television Inc., the company that produces “Judge Judy.”

Following YouTube’s procedures for enforcing copyrights, Big Ticket sent Mr. De Los Angeles a takedown notice seeking the removal of episode No. 2443 from the site, according to the complaint.

Though Mr. De Los Angeles responded to Big Ticket and YouTube by email agreeing to remove the episode, it was later reposted to the site, the suit asserts. Moreover, the alleged copyright violator has not responded to repeated requests by Big Ticket and YouTube to remove the offending video.

The suit seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining Mr. De Los Angeles from committing further infringement of the copyright, unspecified damages for willful infringement, as well as attorneys’ fees and court costs.