Online service providers and operators of such sites should take careful note of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Viacom Int’l, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., Case No. 10-3342-cv (“Viacom”), where the court held that service providers and operators will not be protected from the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. View Full Post
The resurrection of Viacom’s massive copyright infringement suit against YouTube has been the talk of the intellectual property community on LXBN this week. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided its 2010 summary judgement in favor of YouTube was premature and the video sharing site will once again have to defend itself against Viacom’s claims. View Full Post
Last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the ongoing copyright dispute between Viacom and YouTube/Google.  In 2006, Viacom filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google, alleging that tens of thousands of videos submitted by users and displayed on YouTube violated Viacom’s copyrights, and that Google should be liable for the infringement. View Full Post
The Second Circuit has vacated District Court (S.D.N.Y.) Judge Louis L. Stanton’s June 2010 dismissal of Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement suit against YouTube.  In a thorough opinion, the Second Circuit remanded the case to the district court for further consideration of several key aspects of the case View Full Post
The Social Media revolution is built on two legal foundations – the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) which generally protects websites that host user generated content from copyright claims, and the Communications Decency Act, which generally protects such websites from claims based on the publication of defamatory or other illegal content. View Full Post