<<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 Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement. We’re extremely gratified by this decision and the now established judicial consensus that online services like YouTube are immune from liability when they work cooperatively with copyright holders to help them protect their rights online.
This is an important victory not just for us, but also for the billions of people around the world who use the web to communicate and share experiences with each other. We’re excited about this decision and look forward to renewing our focus on supporting the incredible variety of ideas and expression that millions of people post and watch on YouTube every day around the world.
Posted by Kent Walker, Vice President and General Counsel, Google>>
Obviously, Youtube has wan because of Viacom's cheats...
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.
Yeah, it's cross-posted from official YouTube Blog
Viacom to Youtube:
"We are disappointed with the judge's ruling, but confident we will win on appeal.
Copyright protection is essential to the survival of creative industries. It is and should be illegal for companies to build their businesses with creative material they have stolen from others. ...
...YouTube and Google stole hundreds of thousands of video clips from artists and content creators, including Viacom, building a substantial business that was sold for billions of dollars. We believe that should not be allowed by law or common sense...."
> YouTube and Google stole
... actually, copied.
"Copying is not theft" by Nina Paley, Music by Nic Phelps (CC-BY-SA)
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Well, if you're not aware in their sidebar. The youtube execs intends to 'steal'. According to their no-longer-confidential-attorney's-eyes-only evidence.
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I wonder how they get this email conversation. Steal?
That email conversation is discussing a video sharing service called filecabi.net
I took a look to see if they were still in business, and I found this video on their front page. It makes me happy I don't work in tech support.
"Woman calls tech support concerning pacman google logo"