'Safe Harbor' For Online Service Providers

Law360, New York (January 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Another Federal court in California has given a broad reading to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) pertaining to providers of online services.

In UMG Recordings Inc. et al. v. Veoh Networks Inc. et al., 2008 US Dist. LEXIS 104980 (C.D. Cal, Dec. 29, 2008), the court rejected plaintiff’s contentions that defendant’s copying, processing and offering access to uploaded video content disqualified it from safe harbor immunity.

This is only the latest in a series of recent decisions which help define...
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