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YouTube 'not liable' for copyright infringement

Written by James Delahunty @ 01 Feb 2016 8:09 User comments (2)

YouTube 'not liable' for copyright infringement

A German court has found that YouTube is not liable for copyright infringement when a user uploads a video to the service illegally.
The sole responsibility for such infringement lies with the uploader and not YouTube, according to the Higher Regional Court Munich (OLG). GEMA, an organization representing songwriters and publishers, was disappointed with the decision of the court.

"Today's decision is most regrettable. The court has obviously followed YouTube's argument that it is only the uploaders who are responsible for the contents that are retrievable via the service", said GEMA General Counsel, Dr Tobias Holzmuller, reports Music Business Worldwide.

"We consider this to be wrong. Furthermore, the decision is not justified from an economic perspective, as it continues to enable YouTube to generate high advertising revenues without passing them on to musical authors."

GEMA - which represents more than 70,000 members - maintains that YouTube should obtain licences for the use of content just like any other music service online. To date, YouTube has never paid any licence fee to the group.


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2 user comments

12.2.2016 14:35

I never discovered how to bypass YouTube's copyright police. I always get put into copyright school for violating YouTube's TOS.

210.2.2016 03:56

Strange how they are not guilty but Kim Dotcom is for his Mega Upload site
Maybe if Mega was owned by Google things would be different
Don't you hate double standards

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