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Google and Viacom Finally Settle YouTube Lawsuit 19

Posted by Soulskill
from the moving-at-the-speed-of-law dept.
An anonymous reader sends word that Google and Viacom have settled their copyright lawsuit over videos posted to YouTube. The case has been ongoing for seven years, with Viacom initially demanding $1 billion and losing in court, but then successfully appealing. 'At the heart of the matter was whether YouTube was responsible for the copyrighted material its users posted on the site. In general, sites that host user-generated content are protected by the DMCA if they take swift action to remove offending content when it's reported. YouTube argued that it does remove this content, but Viacom's initial lawsuit said YouTube was hosting at least 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips.' You may recall that Viacom was caught uploading some of the videos in question to YouTube themselves. The terms of the new settlement were not disclosed.
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Google and Viacom Finally Settle YouTube Lawsuit

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @03:25AM (#46522483)

    ... means we lost. copyright bullies will not stop.

  • unacceptable (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    for a lawsuit that got so much press, it should be compulsory to disclose the outcome to the public. What i smell here is that they just found a nice way to make money and fuck the final user, but they wont tell how.

    • Don't worry. Someone's daughter will post details of the settlement on Facebook.
      • by paiute (550198)

        Don't worry. Someone's daughter will post details of the settlement on Facebook.

        Should have posted it on MySpace. That way no one could successfully argue it was disclosed to the public.

  • Viacom bitches at Youtube for copyright uploads but when you look at Viacom like most websites, they don't do enough to stop this compared to Youtube. It does take some knowledge to "download" a video of anyone on Youtube and not everyone or THAT little kid or grandma can do it. Youtube also have some tools available to prevent this like the content ID system and some report tools to help this. To me, this sounds like a big loss to Youtube and the copyright issues against people as well. This only means tha
  • "You may recall that Viacom was caught uploading some of the videos in question to YouTube themselves."
    Must have been a pretty crooked judge to not charge them with obstruction of justice and throw the case out immediately.

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