YouTube’s defeat of copyright owners is final in Premier League case

22 11 2013
The English Premier League and fellow plaintiffs, in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against YouTube in 2007, have given up.”[A]ll remaining plaintiffs, through counsel, hereby stipulate to the dismissal with prejudice of all their claims asserted in this action, with each party to bear its own costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees,” the English football league and fellow plaintiffs wrote in a filing in US District Court in Southern New York that ended the case last Thursday.

The dismissal comes six months after the case’s judge ruled that the copyright owners could not be granted class action status. As we noted in a previous story, “the English Premier League, French Tennis Federation, and various music publishers sued the Google-owned YouTube in 2007 ‘on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,’ and in 2010 formally asked to be certified as a class. The proposed class would contain people or entities whose copyrighted work was posted on YouTube on or after April 15, 2005 without their permission.”

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