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Judge Rules Google/YouTube Not Liable For Posting Viacom Videos

Google Inc.'s YouTube video-sharing website didn't infringe copyrights owned by movie and television producer Viacom Inc., a judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in New York today said YouTube wasn't liable for infringement.

Details here:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-23/google-s-youtube-didn-t-infringe-viacom-judge-says.html

More here (along with the actual ruling itself):

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20008636-261.html

This still preserves the very flawed "safe harbor / take down notice" regime which has proven to be subject to abuse and various end runs around fair use principles, so this hardly a game changing development. But it still would have been far more disastrous had the decision come down in Viacom's favor. In that aspect, its a small step in the right direction.


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