Viacom v. Google: A Decision at Last, and It's Mostly Good (for the Internet and Innovation)
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 10/04/2012 14:08
The Internet can breathe a sigh of relief today. In the latest twist in the long-running Viacom v. YouTube litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived the entertainment giant's suit against Google - but simultaneously eviscerated most of the legal theories on which the lawsuit was based.
Here's the quick and dirty: Back in 2010, a district court threw out Viacom's suit against YouTube, finding that the safe harbors outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protected YouTube from all copyright liability. Viacom appealed, based on unprecedented legal theories that, if adopted, would have rendered the DMCA safe harbors a dead letter.