Here’s the good news for Google: analysts think YouTube is on course to become profitable this year, based on $450 million of revenues this year thanks to its growing ad business. However, YouTube has suffered a major defeat in a German court case, with a ruling that it must pay compensation in three cases where unauthorised Sarah Brightman videos were uploaded to the site. The Hamburg state court ruled that YouTube’s standard question to users asking whether they have the necessary rights to upload videos is not enough to relieve it of legal responsibility for the content. Google isn’t happy: “This decision results in a substantial legal uncertainty for all providers of video platforms, opinion forums, social communities, blogs and many other Internet services in Germany,” says its local director of legal affairs Arnd Haller. This is a separate case from Google’s battle with GEMA, which last week saw the latter denied an interim injunction against YouTube.Source:Move to profitabilityCourt ruling

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