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Google/YouTube Beat Viacom In Copyright Case

Google and its YouTube unit won a judgment in a copyright-infringement lawsuit by Viacom that had sought $1 billion in damages from the Internet giant.

A U.S. District Court judge essentially said Google and YouTube were covered under the safe-harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The judge disagreed with Viacom which had argued that Google/YouTube hadn't done enough to crack down on people who uploaded clips of Viacom TV shows and movies to the popular service.

Judge Louis Stanton said the evidence pointed to Google/YouTube actually being very pro-active in responding to Viacom when it received take-down notices from the copyright owner.

Google lauded the judge's action on its blog:

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.

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