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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Google's YouTube Subsidiary Beats Viacom in Court

Google won a three-year legal battle with Viacom on Wednesday when a federal court ruled that Google's YouTube subsidiary is not liable for its users' copyright infringements. A U.S. district court in New York ruled YouTube is covered by a "safe harbor" clause in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that protects service providers from penalties for their users' copyright violations, as long as they address those violations once they're made aware of them.

Judge Louis Stanton:

"The provider must know of the particular case before he can control it. The provider need not monitor or seek out facts indicating such activity."
Viacom, the owner of MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, maintained that Google bought YouTube knowing full well that the site was guilty of copyright infringement but turned a blind eye to users' violations. It asked for damages of $1 billion in its lawsuit. (CNNMoney, 6/23/2010)
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