The New York Times reports that Google responded to Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube, saying that it would not back off, and that the law was on its side and that Viacom’s claims were unfounded. In March, Viacom, the parent company of MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon, sued Google and YouTube, saying that they were deliberately building a library of copyrighted clips without permission. Earlier this year, Viacom asked YouTube to take down 100,000 clips that it claimed violated copyrights. However, while giving few details of its legal thinking, Google contends that it is protected under the “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. These provisions generally hold that web site operators are not liable for copyright material uploaded by others–provided that they promptly remove the material at the request of the copyright owner…

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/01/technology/01google.html?ex=1178683200&en=8845fcdc8131af03&ei=5070&emc=eta1

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