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A German court ruled Friday that Google Inc.'s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay compensation after users uploaded several videos of performances by singer Sarah Brightman in violation of copyright laws.
The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether they have the necessary rights to publish material is not enough to relieve YouTube of the legal responsibility for the content, especially because the platform can be used anonymously.
The wording of the court statement appears to be a major blow to YouTube's business model, but Google Germany spokesman Henning Dorstewitz told The Associated Press YouTube will appeal the decision detailed in the 60-page ruling.
Bertelsmann AG agreed Friday to pay the National Music Publishers Association $130 million to settle the Napster case’s final copyright claims . . Germany’s largest media concern admitted no wrongdoing in the first case defining the rules of online, peer-to-peer, filing-sharing networks.
It seems Google should compile a list of copyrighted terms and celebrity names to block users from violating the owners rights, but they won't.