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Videos of Apple's Snow Leopard taken off YouTube

Apple uses a copyright claim to get recently posted videos showing features of Snow Leopard, its unreleased Mac OS X version, taken down from the Google video site.

Apple on Tuesday used a copyright infringement claim to have seven videos, showing features of Snow Leopard removed from YouTube.

As it does with all of its unreleased products, Apple has managed to keep a pretty tight lid on the upcoming version of Mac OS X, code-named Snow Leopard. However, on Monday, at least seven videos were posted to the popular YouTube video service.

The videos showed a number of features, including Stacks, QuickTime, the Dock, the Snow Leopard Welcome Movie, QuickLook, and the Finder Preferences.

Six of the seven videos on Tuesday say they have been removed by the user. One video says it "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Apple, Inc."

It's not a big surprise that the videos were removed. Developers must sign a nondisclosure agreement, or NDA, before they even get access to Snow Leopard and agree that they will not reveal details of the operating system publicly.

YouTube's policy is very clear too. The company's copyright policy is available from its Web site:

YouTube respects the rights of copyright holders and publishers, and requires all users to confirm they own the copyright or have permission from the copyright holder to upload content. We comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable copyright laws, and promptly remove content when properly notified. Repeat infringers' videos are removed, and their accounts are terminated and permanently blocked from using YouTube.

While we would all like to see some more in-depth features of Snow Leopard, it looks like we'll have to wait until Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple is expected to show the operating system during the keynote address.