Court hands another defeat to Viacom in never-ending YouTube lawsuit

24 11 2013
It’s the lawsuit that won’t die. More than six years ago, the entertainment giant Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement, arguing that the video sharing service was turning a blind eye to infringing videos uploaded by its users. A trial court judge rejected Viacom’s argument in 2010, ruling that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor applied.But last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit partially overturned that ruling, finding that YouTube employees may have been aware of specific cases of infringement and failed to act on that information. It asked a trial court judge to consider whether that claim was supported by the evidence.

On Thursday, Judge Louis Stanton sided with YouTube. While Viacom claimed YouTube knew about specific infringing videos and failed to remove them, Viacom was unable to point to any specific examples of clips YouTube failed to remove despite knowing they were infringing.


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