Viacom Not Finished With Youtube Lawsuit
They claimed 1 billion dollars in compensation for what they termed as an infringement of copyright laws knowingly by the defendant. However in June 2010, a ruling was made by Judge Louis Stanton of the US District court in favor of the defendant. Viacom not finished with Youtube lawsuit, they went ahead and appealed.
In his ruling, the judge argued that the defendant was protected by DMC Act. The Act allows the company to broadcast any kind of media that is not copyrighted. Should complains be made by the rights holders, the website takes quick removes the media. The good record with doing so made the website win the case then.
The plaintiffs said that they would go ahead and appeal the ruling to avoid such scenarios in the future because it opened a door to online piracy. The case that Google thought was long gone has now been revived and there are claims that the company had full knowledge of some specific infringement activities.
The decision by the 2nd US district court has made many parties happy especially the inferior ones who felt that their allegations would not stand ground in a court of law. To add more thorn in the flesh, there are claims that the cofounders had a history of intentional infringement of copyright laws though it was not sold to Google by then. A spokeswoman of the defendant said that the dispute left was only over a few videos that had long been removed.
It will take years for a sound ruling to be made because all parties have to be heard. One thing that is for sure, Viacom not finished with Youtube lawsuit until they get their compensation. The decision will affect a lot of people even the service providers and consumers as well.