Viacom Beats Google in YouTube Suit

Viacom Beats Google in YouTube Suit

A U.S. appeals court delivered a blow to Google on Thursday, overturning a law that had been considered a landmark in setting rules for content-sharing websites. In Viacom’s $1 billion lawsuit, filed in 2007, a district judge had ruled that sites could not be held accountable just for being aware that users might upload videos illegally. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that β€œa reasonable jury could find that YouTube had actual knowledge or awareness of specific infringing activity on its website.” Legal experts called the decision a major loss for Google.

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