YouTube Wins Court Ruling Over Viacom
June 24, 2010 at 4:35 AM (PT)
A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit by VIACOM seeking $1 billion in damages from YOUTUBE and its owner, GOOGLE. VIACOM had claimed YOUTUBE had used its copyrighted material without permission.
THE NEW YORK POST reports VIACOM "sued in 2007, alleging the video start-up built its business on a policy of willful blindness by looking the other way when it came to illegal downloads of VIACOM-owned videos.
MANHATTAN federal Judge LOUIS STANTON didn't see it VIACOM's way, ruling that YOUTUBE "was in full compliance with current law because it agreed to remove videos once alerted that they had been uploaded without permission."
In JANUARY, the two sides asked for a summary judgement in the case (NET NEWS 1/8).
VIACOM said it plans to appeal.