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Viacom, Google settle long-standing copyright lawsuit against YouTube

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 18 Mar 2014 19:08 User comments (2)

Viacom, Google settle long-standing copyright lawsuit against YouTube Google and Viacom has finally settled a copyright lawsuit brought forth in 2007 that accused YouTube of allowing users to upload copyrighted movies and television shows from the content giant without permission.
Over time, YouTube parent Google won multiple court cases after Viacom failed to prove that YouTube had knowledge of what its users were uploading and were purposely allowing it. As recently as last year, Judge Louis Stanton ruled that "the burden of showing that YouTube knew or was aware of the specific infringements of the works in suit cannot be shifted to YouTube to disprove."

As stated in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (with "Safe Harbor" provision), YouTube should be granted protection from claims like those brought by Viacom as long as they take down offending content after being made aware of its existence. For its case, Viacom had an extremely tough time proving its case. Of the hundreds of videos it initially cited, 100 were uploaded by its own employees to YouTube and it later removed 187 from the suit, causing confusion and weakening its claims.

Over time, the two companies have become partners, and YouTube has also exploded in popularity. Viacom now posts clips and longer form content on the network and Viacom is also a syndication partner with Vevo, the music video on-demand streaming site that gets most of its traffic through Google.

Reads the announcement: "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together."

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2 user comments

119.3.2014 19:02

Wow. I honestly never thought this would basically end with a smile and a handshake, but I guess all the evidence was there that it would.

Next thing you know, Google, Apple, and Microsoft will become friends. (a silly comparison, I know)

221.3.2014 16:25

i think viacom should be charged with entrapment if its own employees are uploading content that can get google/youtube into trouble.

aslong as viacom is making money and not losing any i think they should be happy,sounds like the deal with vevo is making them money.


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