It’s been nearly three years since Viacom announced plans for a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google over YouTube, but the intricacies of the case mean it still hasn’t come to trial. Now it may not, as both sides have filed motions for summary judgement, asking the court to rule in the case without sending it to trial. Google maintains that YouTube is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and cites the recent decision in favour of Veoh in its legal battle with UMG. Meanwhile, Viacom reiterates that Google knew about widespread copyright infringement on YouTube and profited from it, meaning it can’t claim DMCA protection. A resolution could – and we stress the ‘could’ – come sometime this year. Source: All Things Digital Source: CNET
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