Google Wins Youtube Copyright Case

(Ping! Zine) – A U.S. District Judge granted summary judgment for Google in the longtime copyright fight between Viacom and the search giant over YouTube.

“The court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement,” Google said on its site.

“The decision follows established judicial consensus,” Google continued, “that online services like YouTube are protected when they work cooperatively with copyright holders to help them manage their rights online.”

Viacom, parent company of Paramount Pictures and MTV, indicated that it plans to continue to fight.

“We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),” Viacom said in a statement. “We intend to seek to have these issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as soon as possible.”

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