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Viacom has divulged internal YouTube emails that seemed to acknowledge copyright infringement on the service, while Google has charged that Viacom itself has posted its material on YouTube for promotional purposes.
Viacom spokesman Jeremy Zweig said in a statement that the ruling Wednesday is "fundamentally flawed," adding that, "We intend to seek to have these issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as soon as possible."
Viacom's US$1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google's video-sharing site YouTube has been dismissed by the court, ending for now an acrimonious legal battle between the companies that has been going on for more than three years.
On Wednesday, Judge Louis L. Stanton, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, granted Google's motion for summary judgment. [computerworld.com...]
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As it should be. As is WebmasterWorld. If it had gone the other way............ a WebmasterWorld user with no morals about making illegal copies for themselves decides to upload a page from a book to WebmasterWorld and Brett nor any of the mods recognize it as being from a published book. Then the book publisher sees it. They could sue and have this site shut down for hosting content that violates someone's copyright. How can any webmaster think that would have been a good ruling? Honestly?
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:42 am (utc) on Jun 25, 2010]
YT is NOT a host in a million years.
nor the proper analogy
They can now shamelessly go out and pilfer and profit from everything hollywood has to offer.
Every video should go on hold until a group of Youtube employees view it.
Stout, you are a content thief. Nothing you say has any meaning behind it because you are morally bankrupt.
Credit cards required for Youtube? Stupid idea. I guess having bad credit means you can't post videos. I guess being 14 means you can't post videos. I guess credit card thieves would never create an account with stolen cards. Iranian women being beat in the streets that want to post the story better talk to VISA first.
Why continue to insist Youtube be the first place on the planet that stops all crime.
The most popular Youtuber as far as Views go is Fred, a minor who is likely to not have had a credit card when he started posting. Who by the way has gotten a movie deal from his Youtube channel.
How am I a thief when I'm downloading something that Google has deemed appropriate for all to haveWow, you have missed the point here completely...
It's not just YT's business model that's at stake here, it's the business model 100's of other sites as well.
How am I a thief when I'm downloading something that Google has deemed appropriate for all to have?
Google isn't saying the copyright infringment is ok, they aren't saying it is allowed on their site. They are saying they aren't the ones putting it there and therefor they shouldn't be the ones who pay the price.
What Google is saying is don't go after us, go after the actual infringer. That is you Stout, you are a copyright infringer. You take music you admit is infringing, and not only do you not just watch it as a one off... you take it a step further and actually copy and download the content you admit to knowing is illegal and you store that copy on your computer to use as you see fit.
It isn't possible to know with 100% accuracy if a video violates someone's copyright UNLESS the copyright holder tells you that it does.
youtube is fueled by permanent copyright violations. there's no way around, if you'd shift the legal risk to the users, they'd stop uploading instantly and youtube is over.
remember napster back in the days?
Hooray! That audio file I just took MIGHT be legal!
[edited by: Demaestro at 3:49 am (utc) on Jun 26, 2010]
Well, there =are= differences: Youtube hosts the content (Napster didn't); Youtube transforms the content from its original into Flash (Napster didn't)
In the normal operation of Napster you end up with a copy of the file on your computer.
In the normal operation of Youtube you only view the video, you do not end up with your own copy.
You're defining YouTube on how it SHOULD be used
You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.
. You shall not download any Content unless you see a “download” or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.
YouTube is a torrent
Wow you are maybe the most clueless person I have come accross. Do you ever do any fact checking before you post or do you just wake up in some manic state and you can't control what spews from your brain?