YouTube Safe in Viacom Copyright Case

YouTube has officially survived the Viacom copyright case.

A court ruling has been made today to protect the video site as well as other sites that host user-generated content.

Viacom originally brought a case against YouTube's owner Google back in 2007 in a $ 1bn lawsuit over the copyright status of the material available on the website.

Therefore, this latest ruling utilises the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to mean that YouTube is protected against claims of copyright infringement.

Kent Walker, the vice-president of YouTube wrote today, "The decision follows established judicial consensus that online services like YouTube are protected when they work co-operatively with copyright holders to help them manage their rights online."

The court paper stated, "A service provider shall not be liable for monetary relief or for injunction or other equitable relief, for infringement of copyright by reason of the storage at the direction of a user of material that resides on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, if the service provider is not aware of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent."

Walker states, "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 are 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."

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