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A German court ruled today that Google-owned YouTube is solely responsible for the content that users upload and post on the video-sharing website, a decision that could have massive implications for the company.
YouTube could be forced to pay royalties to those whose music copyright was infringed upon. It was also ordered to install word-based filters to bolster its existing filtering system to prevent further infringement of copyrighted work.
YouTube said during the case that it should not be held responsible for the content its users upload. YouTube said it has state-of-the-art copyright filters which detect and remove infringing content from the site. It also warns users that they are infringing copyright. It said during earlier proceedings that it blocks content when users and rights holders alert the company over infringing content.
Millions of music videos could be affected, and Google could ultimately end up having to fork out vast sums back to the music industry as a result of this landmark case.
[edited by: engine at 10:01 am (utc) on Apr 21, 2012]
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[edited by: Demaestro at 10:11 pm (utc) on Apr 20, 2012]
Is AT&T responsible for every conversation conducted over its wires?
Is Craigslist responsible for every ad posted on its domains?
Are you responsible for any and all links / content posted on your wordpress blog by visitors?
Is Facebook posted and liable for all conversations on its groups, fan pages etc?
It's about time Google's flippant approach to copyright gets them a slap in the face. However, Google didn't create YouTube, someone else did and Google just bought it after the fact so in reality they're still paying for the mess made by it's creators. Not like Google would've done anything differently, but it's still important to remember it was an acquisition.
If youtube can be held responsible for what their users have uploaded any other site on the internet can be held responsible including this one.
I don't see this site as having an issue with that problem. I'm certain it would be taken care of if there were.