Google Trumps Viacom In $1 Billion Copyright Infringement Rematch

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New media dominated over old media Thursday after a federal judge in New York ruled in favor of Google in a long-running copyright fight with Viacom, Inc.

Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton threw out Viacom’s lawsuit claiming that YouTube violated copyright law by posting clips or full episodes of programs like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “iCarly” and “South Park” without its permission. The judge wrote in his opinion that Google was protected by the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which means that Google and YouTube are protected from the actions of individual users.

Viacom has been battling YouTube since 2007 and was seeking $1 billion in damages. Judge Stanton previously ruled against Viacom in 2010, but they appealed the ruling only to be shot down again. Viacom has announced that they will appeal the latest ruling.

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YouTube founder Chad Hurley rubbed their victory in Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s face on Twitter, asking him: “Hey Philippe, wanna grab a beer to celebrate?! YouTube Again Beats Viacom’s Massive Copyright Infringement Lawsuit.”

Copyright laws have been a serious issue on YouTube and the video-streaming site has ways of identifying and dealing with infringements through its ContentID program. If you feel that your videos or copyright content has been infringed on YouTube, click here to find out what you can do to resolve the problem.

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