Google and Viacom have settled a bitter lawsuit where the latter accused YouTube of broadcasting 79,000 videos without permission
In an official statement, both companies announced settlement of a landmark copyright lawsuit in which Viacom Inc accused Google of allowing users post its programs on YouTube video service without permission.
“This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.” The companies said in a joint statement.
In 2007, Viacom filed a $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube, accusing the video-sharing website of broadcasting 79,000 copyrighted videos on its website between 2005 and 2008. However, Viacom had been losing pretty badly in eventually all of its attempts. In a separate ruling in April of 2013, Stanton declared that Google and YouTube had “Safe Harbor” provision. Thus, granting legal protection over Viacom’s copyright claims as provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 states that it is illegal to produce technology to circumvent anti-piracy measures, but limited liability of online service providers for copyright infringement by users.
Basically, what this means is that YouTube has protection from copyright claims, provided the infringing content is taken down upon notification by the owner.
With millions of dollars spent and the years wasted, it’s Viacom who paid the heavy price but both companies have since buried the fury and become business partners. No detail of the settlement was revealed, but new reports are claiming that no money changed hands during the settlement period. We will update this article once this claim becomes official.
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