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Thursday, June 24, 2010

YouTube Wins Against Viacom

From the YouTube blog yesterday:

Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom’s lawsuit with YouTube. This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement. The decision follows established judicial consensus that online services like YouTube are protected when they work cooperatively with copyright holders to help them manage their rights online.

Roger Browne in the forum comments:

This is great news, not just for Google themselves, but for users of all services like YouTube.

It basically means that YouTube is legally in the clear to host content uploaded by its users, even if that content is subject to unexpired copyright, provided the copyright holder doesn’t actively object.

Effectively it enshrines, as the default position, that this content may be hosted.

Now, if only the world’s lawmakers would give the same rights to each individual, that they give to the corporations.

[Thanks DPic and Roger!]


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