13 different companies and groups have filed amicus briefs in support of Google in its copyright battle with Viacom – a case that the latter is currently appealing after a ruling went against it last year. Facebook, eBay, Yahoo and IAC have filed a joint brief, arguing that “safe harbor has succeeded in achieving its legislative purposes of promoting innovative services and of encouraging copyright holders and services providers to work together to combat copyright infringement”. Meanwhile, a group of human rights organisations have filed their own brief claiming that social media services have become important platforms for promoting human rights, and that “these important global developments depend directly on preserving the effective safe harbor Congress enacted” with the DMCA. Source: Mashable

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