YouTube defeats copyright complaints in landmark ruling

A Spanish court has ruled against Spanish broadcaster Telecinco’s claim that Google should be held responsible for copyrighted material posted on YouTube.
Telecinco accused YouTube of damaging its business by airing TV shows before they had been broadcast in Spain, arguing that Google “profits from the exploitation of intellectual property rights”.
But the court decided it was the responsibility of the copyright owner to identify and tell Google when material that infringes intellectual property is on YouTube, noting that the site has tools allowing this to happen.
Google said: “This decision demonstrates the wisdom of European laws. More than 24 hours of video are loaded onto YouTube every minute. If internet sites had to screen all videos, photos and text before allowing them on a website, many popular sites – not just YouTube, but Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others – would grind to a halt.
“We have always been open to working co-operatively with rightsholders and continue to grow our number of partnerships with content owners and hope to be able to work with Telecinco in the future in the spirit of copyright protection, content distribution and new opportunities.”
Google defeated a similar claim amounting to $1bn by Viacom in June.
(Source: MediaGuardian)

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