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VIDEO - Copyright row over York snow dog video

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2:48pm 7th December 2017
(Updated 5:24pm 7th December 2017)

It was a video clip that went viral.

Truffle saw snow for the first time last week and his owner Jo Ellery uploaded the footage of the excited animal to twitter.

She then gave rights to Minster FM and the BBC to show it and another company has been looking after world wide use.

Thousands of people retweeted it and shared it on facebook.

What she didn't do was allow @JulianAssange to use it



The official account of the Wiklileaks founder @JulianAssange picked up on it and tweeted it to over 500 thousand followers.

However, rather than retweet it which is the normal way of sharing the video was copied and uploaded with out mention of the city of York or a credit for the owner of the footage.



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Jo Ellery told Minster FM

I just thought it was really cheeky because he could have just retweeted it. 

it's a lot of effort to save that video and post it.

There are a lot of worse things going on in the world but I thought it was worth bringing it to people's attention


People have been reacting on Twitter today in support of Jo and in some cases in support of the @JulianAssange account. (It's not clear if he writes all the tweets himself of course)




This lunchtime the footage was taken down from the @JulianAssange feed.

We have asked for a comment.














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