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Viacom To Appeal YouTube Ruling

11 Aug, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

As promised, Viacom Aug. 11 filed a notice in federal court that it would appeal a U.S. District Court judge’s ruling in June that safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protected Google-owned YouTube from hosting protected video clips owned by Viacom.

Judge Louis Stanton dismissed Viacom’s three-year-old, $1 billion copyright infringement suit against Google-owned YouTube June 23, saying YouTube worked to remove infringing material “swiftly” once infringing video clips were discovered.

“This case has always been about whether intentional theft of copyrighted works is permitted under existing law, and we always knew that the critical underlying issue would need to be addressed by courts at the appellate levels,” Michael Fricklas, Viacom EVP, general counsel and secretary, said in a statement when the ruling was announced.

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