YouTube Wins!

In 2007, I was quoted in Forbes about the onerous requirements of YouTube for copyright holders:  “YouTube’s filtering makes media companies work too hard to find and delete their content from the site.” See http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/18/google-viacom-video-tech-cx_ag_1018youtube.html.   Well, today – However, U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton wrote in a 24-page opinion that YouTube was shielded from copyright infringement claims by a safe-harbor provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Stanton dismissed Viacom’s lawsuit, and ordered Viacom to pay YouTube’s legal costs – instructs that what ever YouTube’s process, it is enough. Even though I am not litigating in this area any more, it is hard not to keep one’s eyes on a topic of interest.