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Court Weeds Out Some Plaintiffs in Google-Viacom Case

7 Jul, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

A judgment isn’t expected soon in Viacom’s long-running case against YouTube and Google. However, Google won a minor victory July 3 when one group of plaintiffs had their requests for copyright damages dismissed.


The British Football Association Premier League, a French tennis association and several music companies were told by the U.S. District judge in the case that because they did not have registrations with the U.S. Copyright Office, they could not seek damages from YouTube for videos that may violate international copyrights.


“Plaintiffs’ Copyright Act claims for statutory damages are dismissed with respect to all foreign works which were not registered in the United States, except those in suit under the ‘live broadcast exception’ of the [Digital Millennium Copyright’ Act,” Judge Louis Stanton wrote in her ruling, which was made available July 7.

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