The Electronic Frontier Foundation is offering to represent YouTube users who wish to fight back when their videos are removed from the user-generated video service at the request of media companies such as record labels.

The group posted a missive on its Web site that rails against what it calls the frivolous use of takedown notices on YouTube that affect videos it feels are protected by fair use. One such case includes a young girl signing the song "Winter Wonderland."

At issue is the automatic content ID and filtering technology YouTube uses, which the EFF says is flagging material that should be covered under fair use, calling it censorship.

It specifically targets Warner Music Group, which recently asked YouTube to remove its music videos from the service over an impasse on licensing negotiations. That has extended to the removal or muting of any clips created and submitted by users that also include WMG-owned music.

A snippet:
"If Warner Music Group took down your video, ask yourself if your video is (1) noncommercial (i.e., no commercial advertisements or YouTube Partner videos) and (2) includes substantial original material contributed by you (i.e., no verbatim copies of Warner music videos). If so, and you'd like to counternotice but are afraid of getting sued, we'd like to hear from you. We can't promise to take every case, but neither will we stand by and watch semi-automated takedowns trample fair use."