YouTube Suit Raises Novel Internet Copyright Issues

Law360 (March 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The recent announcement that Viacom filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube and its parent company, Google, created a cottage industry of legal analysts on the Internet and in the press. Each party has also attempted to stake out the moral and popular “high ground.”

The allegations in the case raise novel issues of interpretation of the 10-year-old Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the applicability of the Supreme Court’s Grokster ruling to new technology, and a potential conflict between the two doctrines.

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