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Judge reaffirms DMCA protection for YouTube and Google

updated 09:15 pm EDT, Thu April 18, 2013

Viacom sued YouTube in 2010, alleging intentional copyright violation

After a three-year gap, the judge that ruled against Viacom declaring that YouTube was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has reaffirmed his earlier ruling. In doing so, he has confirmed that YouTube and owner Google are protected against copyright violation claims and penalties for infringement by users.

Viacom had asserted in the 2010 court case that YouTube was intentionally violating copyright by not taking action against every copyright violation it later found. It went so far as to claim YouTube was knowingly profiting from piracy. Judge Louis Stanton ruled that YouTube either wasn't aware of violations when they happened or wasn't properly notified by Viacom.

Following the ruling, YouTube issued a statement saying that the court "correctly rejected Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube, reaffirming that Congress got it right when it comes to copyright on the Internet. This is a win not just for YouTube, but for people everywhere who depend on the Internet to exchange ideas and information."

As expected, Viacom disagreed with the ruling, declaring that the ruling "ignores the opinions of the higher courts and completely disregards the rights of creative artists. We continue to believe that a jury should weigh the facts of this case and the overwhelming evidence that YouTube willfully infringed on our rights, and we intend to appeal the decision."



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  1. Bobfozz

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    What does this judge approve of?

    your comment

  1. Charles Martin

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    Bobfozz:

    Are you saying you don't understand the judgement, or what? I can explain the judge's position if you want.

  1. reader50

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    The "your comment" stuff is a glitch. The News side allows titles to be entered on comments, and some people *only* use the title field to comment. The forums use the title from the first post in a thread (as the thread title) and ignore that field for replies.

    We should kill the "title" field on the News pages.

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