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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > YouTube Wins a Long-Term Infringement Case

YouTube Wins a Long-Term Infringement Case

YouTube Wins a Long-Term Infringement Case

Added: Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Google’s YouTube has been involved in this particular trial for over 3 years. Now it was handed a victory in the copyright violation lawsuit that Viacom has brought against video hosting site arguing that YouTube makes profit out of illegal content uploaded by its users.


Finally, the US District Court Judge Louis Stanton handed out a decision that Google’s YouTube qualifies for protection under the DMCA’s safe harbor provision, and actually observes that regardless Viacom’s concern the warning regime stipulated in the Act works quite efficiently. He pointed out that after Viacom accumulated around 100 thousand videos (having spent more than 6 six months to do that) and sent the single mass take-down warning three year ago, YouTube had managed to remove almost all of those 100,000 by the next day. This means that nobody can say that YouTube was dragging its feet.

Judge ruled that according to the DMCA it’s the owner of copyrighted content who can identify it for being removed, not the other way around. The ruling also says that the common knowledge of an infringement to be “everpresent” doesn’t mean that an ISP has to control its network or search for infringements. Judge Stanton highlighted that the requirement of general filtering would eviscerate that of the copyright owner notifying ISPs of violation.

Google’s Vice President Kent Walker admitted that this case was a very important victory not only for YouTube, but also for all people around the globe using the Internet to communicate and share experiences. Google is satisfied with this ruling and now looks forward to renewing its focus on encouraging the great variety of ideas that people of all the world post and watch on YouTube on everyday basis.

Viacom was, of course, disappointed by the decision, but expressed the confidence in the victory on appeal. It believes it can’t be legal for corporations to build their businesses on the exploiting of creative content stolen from the legal owners. It thinks that the absence of this protection discourages the development of art and entertainment and hurts performers and producers. Internet desperately needs copyright protection as well, because people like professional materials and because legal sites shouldn’t have to compete with illegal ones.

Unfortunately for Viacom, this competition seems to remain forever...

June 29th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-06-29 13:27:34)
iwillkillall avatargo google...viacom thinks its still got a case though...let them wste money and time trying to sue them...might come down to who has deeper pockets though...google or viacom.....they should bite the bullet and work out a royalty scheme for hosted content..or is that too easy to do...maybe the lawyers on both sides are in cahoots with each other and can see 4/5 yrs of work outta this battle..bet they have bought ferraris and boats on the back of this case..lol

posted by Blocked (2010-06-30 00:42:40)
4uckAuthority avatarok, im not the biggest dl'er on the web. and to be honest, i like having original copies of stuff in my collection. for instance, owned boondock saints, seen boondock saints 2 pirated, still went out and bought 2nd to own both. as for the main subject of this article.....i can't tell you how many times i've seen a you tube video, heard the song, and tried like hell to find out who the artist was. alot of the time it was some1 i never even heard of. if you ask me, people putting their videos to music is good for the artist, its advertising their music. there's a fight going on about whats right and whats wrong when it comes to sharing...i get that, but stopping it from being aloud on you tube i think is probably their biggest mistake thus far...thanks for the read sam

posted by (2010-06-30 00:47:14)
darkangelire avatarum google doesn't make a profit from youtube I think

posted by Blocked (2010-06-30 01:02:57)
4uckAuthority avatar@darkangelire.... google paid millions of dollars to own youtube. you don't pay that much money for something if your not gonna make money off of it. they make alot of money off the advertising on the site. if you think.....1 million videos on youtube, each video has 3 ads on it...those adverisers lets say pay $10 for each page they advertise on, thats $30 per video of money they recieve..multiply that by the 1 million videos....thats a $30 million they've made on the site. most advertisers pay for a time frame...when that time frame runs out, they pay again. therefore, google makes lots of money off youtube's advertisers.

posted by (2010-07-01 20:30:05)
darkangelire avatarwell yeah

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