Media heavyweights Viacom and Google announced last week that their massive, seven-year copyright lawsuit has settled, just days shy of arguments on the pending appeal.
After seven years of playing legal ping pong, Viacom and YouTube have finally settled an intellectual property suit that pitted new media against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Copyright Infringement, Social Media and the Blurred Lines of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Safe Harbors
More than a year after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s seminal opinion in Viacom v. YouTube, the contours of copyright infringement liability in the social media space remain in flux.
This post follows up on my post entitled YouTube’s Safe Harbor Status Requires More Fact-Finding, Rules Second Circuit. Viacom and other plaintiffs who are content owners sued YouTube for copyright infringement.
The district court in New York dismissed Viacom’s lawsuit against YouTube yesterday. Yes, this case has been on appeal and remanded several times.
Second Circuit Holds That YouTube is Not Protected by the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Online service providers and operators of such sites should take careful note of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Viacom Int’l, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., Case No. 10-3342-cv (“Viacom”), where the court held that service providers and operators will not be protected from the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. § 512(c), if they have “actual knowledge or awareness of facts or circumstances that indicate specific and identifiable instances of infringement.”
LXBN TV: Second Circuit Revives Viacom’s $ 1 Billion Copyright Infringement Suit Against YouTube—Foley Hoag’s Jenevieve Maerker
The resurrection of Viacom’s massive copyright infringement suit against YouTube has been the talk of the intellectual property community on LXBN this week. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided its 2010 summary judgement in favor of YouTube was premature and the video sharing site will once again have to defend itself against Viacom’s claims. To discuss the latest developments and what may lie ahead, we bring in Jenevieve Maerker of Foley Hoag and the Trademark & Copyright Law blog.
Last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the ongoing copyright dispute between Viacom and YouTube/Google. In 2006, Viacom filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google, alleging that tens of thousands of videos submitted by users and displayed on YouTube violated Viacom’s copyrights, and that Google should be liable for the infringement.
The Second Circuit issued its opinion in Viacom v. YouTube last week. This case is similar to UMG v. Shelter Capital Partners, LLC in that it addresses issues arising out of applying the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor provisions to a service provider that permits users to upload videos to its website and view video clips uploaded by others without charge. See my post Veoh’s Services Protected by DMCA Safe Harbor, Rules Ninth Circuit for details on UMG v. Shelter Capital.
The Second Circuit has vacated District Court (S.D.N.Y.) Judge Louis L. Stanton’s June 2010 dismissal of Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement suit against YouTube. In a thorough opinion, the Second Circuit remanded the case to the district court for further consideration of several key aspects of the case