Viacom is appealing last year’s ruling in favour of Google/YouTube in its $1bn copyright infringement case, but Google is standing firm in its defence, filing a brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. “Plaintiffs cannot point to a single clip that YouTube knew was infringing but did not take down,” asserts the brief. “Nor can plaintiffs make any serious claim that YouTube should have known simply by looking at a given video whether it infringed their copyrights. That is due in part to the ways that plaintiffs themselves used YouTube to advance their own businesses – a topic about which their briefs are virtually silent.” In response, Viacom has issued this statement: “Under the DMCA, content owners and systems operators share responsibility for the protection of copyrighted content online. It was never intended to absolve companies like YouTube from liability for building a business by deliberately infringing others’ creative works.” Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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