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Calling Ruling ‘Flawed,’ Viacom Appeals $1 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Google’s YouTube

Aug 12, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Calling a June ruling "flawed" when a federal judge threw out Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Google’s YouTube, Viacom formally appealed the decision on Wednesday, reports AOL’s DailyFinance.

After filing a two-page notice in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, Viacom issued a statement saying, "We believe this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed. After years of delay, this decision gives us the opportunity to have the Appellate Court address these issues on an accelerated basis."

The appeals court may find holes in the original decision, which consisted of 30 pages written by U.S. Circuit Judge Louis L. Stanton, because it’s "very short and not very detailed," according to Eric Goldman, Director of the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law.

Because Viacom has so much at stake — it had argued that YouTube built its following partly on unauthorized videos from Viacom’s networks such as MTV — that it won’t give up the case easily, the story says.

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