first_imgLess than 48 hours after Turkey lifted its two-year ban on YouTube, a court in Ankara dropped the hammer again and ordered the country’s ISPs to re-block the video sharing site. The ban had been lifted because a number of videos featuring Deniz Baykal, a former Turkish opposition leader, were removed from YouTube citing copyright violations following negotiations between the Turkish government and Google. The Turkish court claimed the videos in question were insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the country, and in Turkey insulting Ataturk is a crime. However, as soon as the ban was lifted, YouTube concluded that the videos in question did not violate copyright and re-instated them, which caused the Turkish courts to reinstate the ban. According to BusinessWeek, most Turks who want access to YouTube can get it anyway using proxy services, but for now, there’ll be no more funny cat videos in Istanbul without one.last_img read more