Judge to Viacom: No punitive damages in YouTube case

Viacom suffered a (slight) setback today in $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube. The two media titans are going toe-to-toe in a New York courtroom, but the judge recently ruled that Viacom cannot seek punitive damages against YouTube. Massive statutory damages, however, remain on the table.What Viacom wanted to do was reserve two options for damages: 1) actual damages and 2) statutory damages. Both of these are outlined in US copyright law, but Viacom also wanted the right to seek 3) punitive damages should it choose to pursue option one.

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