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Google & YouTube Not Liable For Copyright Infringement

Viacom lost its $1 billion lawsuit against Google and YouTube for alleged copyright infringement when a judge granted summary judgment. YouTube's defense was that it used the "safe harbor" protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) where YouTube would remove allegedly...

Judge Grants YouTube Summary Judgment on Viacom’s $1 Billion Infringement Claim

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A "general awareness" of infringing activity on its Web site is not sufficient to find YouTube Inc. guilty of any copyright infringement claims, a New York federal judge ruled June 23, granting the online video-sharing service's motion for summary judgment...

Court Dismisses Viacom's $1 Billion Copyright Claims Against YouTube

In June 2010, the court for the Southern Dist. of NY ruled in favor of YouTube by dismissing Viacom's claims for copyright infringement. The court held that general knowledge was not enough to bar YouTube from protection under the DMCA safe harbor provision. It found the burden of protecting...

Copyright Holders Say Congress Did Not Intend For DMCA Harbor To Be This Safe

Case: The Football Association Premier League Ltd., et al. v. YouTube Inc., et al., No. 10-3342, 2nd Cir.; See August 2009, Page 11. Full story and appellants' brief on lexis.com . On appeal from Viacom Int'l, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., 718 F. Supp. 2d 514 (S.D.N.Y. 2010) . Table of Contents...

Copyright Co-Owner Not Indispensable Party in Lawsuit Over YouTube Video

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is one of the most popular holiday songs around and is played on radio stations across the country every Christmas season. It is also now the subject of contentious copyright litigation after a federal judge ruled recently that litigation over an allegedly...

Second Circuit Rekindles YouTube Copyright Infringement / DMCA Safe Harbor Case

Yesterday, the Second Circuit issued an opinion clarifying the contours of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) safe harbor for online service providers. 17 U.S.C. § 512(c) limits liability for copyright infringement that occurs "by reason of the storage at the direction of...

YouTube Mom Continues Misrepresentation Fight Against Administrator of Prince’s “Let's Go Crazy" Copyright

A collection of music companies will continue to defend themselves against a mother who was once accused of copyright infringement after she posted a YouTube video of her children dancing to a Prince song. A California federal court refused to grant Universal Music Corporation, Universal Music...