Posts tagged with Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Court reinstates Viacom lawsuit against YouTube

Google has taken YouTube to new heights since it acquired the popular online video service in 2006 for $1.65bn. And in 2010, it looked like the search giant would be able to continue to grow YouTube without worrying about the billion-dollar lawsuit media conglomerate Viacom had filed against it.

That lawsuit, which alleged that YouTube and Google were responsible for copyright infringement of Viacom content, was thrown out of court on the grounds that YouTube was protected by the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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Veoh wins one for user-generated content

In denying a motion for summary judgment requested by Universal Music Group (UMG) against online video service Veoh, a Los Angeles court became the latest court to interpret the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in favor of a web service that offers user-generated video content.

At issue is whether or not Veoh was eligible for the Safe Harbor provisions of the DMCA. Veoh, like YouTube, transcodes videos its users upload into the Flash Video Format (FLV). Universal Music Group argued that this made Veoh ineligible for DMCA protection because this transcoding essentially made Veoh an active party to the copyright infringement alleged.

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