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
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
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...