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YouTube beats Viacom Lawsuit

June 23, 2010

Congrats to Google.  The official statement from YouTube’s blog:

“The court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom’s lawsuit with YouTube. This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement…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.”

It’s been a weird lawsuit that featured haggling over what data Google had to release and accusations that Viacom was uploading copyrighted content onto YouTube from public wifi spots.

An appeal is likely.  In an emailed statement quoted in the Wall St. Journal, Viacom replied: “We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed…After years of delay, this decision gives us the opportunity to have the Appellate Court address these critical issues on an accelerated basis.

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