Google Skirts $176M Fine In French YouTube Copyright Case

Law360, New York (May 29, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT) -- Google Inc. avoided a fine of €141 million ($176 million) after a French court ruled Tuesday that YouTube did not violate the copyrights of France’s largest commercial broadcaster, TF1, in a case stemming back to March 2008.

TF1 had claimed YouTube infringed its copyrights by making several of its television programs available to its viewers. Christophe Muller, head of YouTube partnerships for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, hailed the Tribunal of First Instance’s ruling in a blog post.

"The overall decision is a victory for...
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