In what the New York Times calls a major victory for Google, a federal judge dismissed Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube for copyright infringement.
The judge said Google is shielded from Viacom’s copyright claims by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s "safe harbor provisions," the story says. "Those provisions generally protect a Web site from liability for copyrighted material uploaded by its users as long as the operator of the site takes down the material when notified by its rightful owner that it was uploaded without permission," the article says.
The suit stems from 2007, when Viacom sued Google after thousands of videos from Viacom shows were uploaded to YouTube and charged that Google wasn’t protected by the safe harbor provisions because it had ignored the videos and profited from the piracy, the report adds. Viacom, which called the ruling flawed, said it plans to appeal.