p2pnet view Advertising:- Viacom reckoned Goggle’s YouTube owed it $1 billion, alleging massive copyrighted infringement in a suit The Economist labelled, “only the continuation of negotiations by other means”.
A summary judgment motion was eventually made and when it was unsealed, “The Viacom memorandum of law, IMHO, is ludicrous … not surprisingly since Viacom is represented by Jenner & Block”, said Recording Industry vs The People.
Regular readers will know Jenner & Block is the law firm that’s virtually running the US Department of Justice on behalf of Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA.
Now, Google’s motion for summary judgment has been approved.
“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”, the online advertising behemoth blogs, going on >>>
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.
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 billions of people post and watch on YouTube every day around the world.
The decision also applies to other parties to the lawsuit, including the Premier League, Google adds.
… and identi.ca
$1 billion – Viacom videos: $4.17 each, March 16, 2007
The Economist – Old media sue, March 14, 2007
Recording Industry vs The People – Viacom v You Tube summary judgment motions unsealed, March 23, 2010
virtually running – Jenner & Block – running the DoJ?, April 26, 2009
blogs – YouTube wins case against Viacom, June 23, 2010
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