You just saw the funniest clip on YouTube ever and emailed the link to all your co-workers and posted it on your friends’ MySpace page, but when they go to view it, it’s not available. Chances are, it was a copyrighted TV show, movie preview or music video that wasn’t allowed by the YouTube terms of service agreement you didn’t bother to read when you become a member. But what if it wasn’t? What if the video you uploaded is of your kid brother doing something funny and someone reported it as inappropriate and it was removed. You could upload it again, but now you are risking your membership being banned.

Say hello to YouTomb, a place where banned YouTube videos go. YouTomb is

a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation.

They list a pretty comprehensive FAQ section in their About page that details why they are doing this and that they do not condone copyright infrignment at all.

Either way, it’s an interesting idea and being that I heard about the site on a cable news channel, I can only imagine that it will be a short time before YouTube’s parent company, Google, sends their lawyers knocking on the doors of MIT.