Case Study: Viacom V. YouTube

Law360, New York (April 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit recently breathed new life into Viacom International Inc.’s and other video content owners’ copyright infringement lawsuit against Google Inc.'s YouTube that alleges over 70,000 instances of infringement on YouTube’s site between 2005 and 2008. However, in doing so, it did not severely limit the “safe harbor” protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as Viacom had urged the court to do.

Rather, it held that such protections would only not be available to YouTube if it had actual knowledge or was generally aware...
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