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Brazil Court Orders YouTube Shut Down on Sex Video

Reuters News Wire (
Thu, 04 Jan 2007 23:42:17 -0600

A Brazilian court ordered the popular video sharing service YouTube, a
unit of Internet search provider Google Inc., to be shut down until it
removes a celebrity sex video from its site, a judicial clerk said on

Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of soccer great Ronaldo, sued
YouTube after a video of her apparently having sex in shallow water on
a beach with her boyfriend was posted to the site.

For days it was the most viewed video in Brazil and the United States.

Cicarelli and boyfriend Tato Malzoni filed to force YouTube to take
the video down and demanded $116,000 in damages for each day the video
remains up. Some copies of the video have been taken off the site but
users have reposted it.

The case dragged on for several months before they filed a third suit
in December requesting that YouTube be shut down as long as the video
is available to users.

The court honored that request on Wednesday, but legal experts say the
ruling by the Brazilian court could be difficult to enforce in the
United States, where YouTube is based.

Last year, a Brazilian court demanded Google disclose data on local
users of its social networking site Orkut who had pages with content
supporting racism or child pornography.

Google took down some of those Orkut pages but has said that under
U.S. law it could not reveal user data.

Google was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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