‘Viacom v. YouTube’ Appeal May Decide Future of Web

A long-simmering copyright dispute between Hollywood and the web has hit the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — and the outcome could set a national precedent regarding the scope of potential liability for nearly every business on the internet that posts infringing content.Viacom seeks to overturn a devastating loss it suffered in June, when U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton found that, under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, YouTube bore no liability for thousands of videos posted by third parties on its site in alleged infringement of Viacom’s copyrights.

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