Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Viacom loses YouTube copyright suit

Google has released a statement announcing YouTube has been granted a "summary judgment" in Viacom's $1 billion lawsuit, effectively protecting YouTube under the Digital Copyright Millennium Act. Viacom plans an appeal.  More details to come, here's a statement from Google:

"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."

Viacom's statement: We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the intent of Congress, and the views of the Supreme Court as expressed in its most recent decisions. We intend to seek to have these issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as soon as possible. After years of delay, this decision gives us the opportunity to have the Appellate Court address these critical issues on an accelerated basis. We look forward to the next stage of the process.

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