Major copyright ruling a victory for ‘user-generated content’

The pirated material came from the millions of people who have uploaded clips to YouTube since its 2005 inception.
The pirated material came from the millions of people who have uploaded clips to YouTube since its 2005 inception.

In a high-stakes legal battle with important implications for the future of the internet, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in New York sided with Google Inc. on June 23 as he rebuffed media company Viacom Inc.’s attempt to collect more than $1 billion in damages for alleged copyright infringement by the Google-owned web site YouTube during its first two years of existence.

YouTube’s actions spoke louder than its founders’ words when it came down to deciding whether the internet’s most watched video site illegally exploited copyrighted clips owned by Viacom, the judge found.

The 30-page opinion embraces Google’s interpretation of a 12-year-old law that shields internet services from claims of copyright infringement as long as they promptly remove illegal content when notified of a violation.…Read More

Rosetta Stone loses court case against Google

Foreign-language education company Rosetta Stone Inc. has lost a court case in which it sued Google Inc. for allowing rivals to advertise copycat software when Rosetta trademarks are used in search terms, reports the Associated Press. Rosetta Stone said it was “deeply disappointed” that its suit was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The company said the decision will “permit Google to continue to create consumer confusion” by allowing counterfeit products to be sold using its trademarks. Rosetta Stone said that Google knows counterfeit software is being advertised using its AdWords system and takes no effective steps to stop the activity. The company said it will consider an appeal upon reviewing the court’s written decision. Google said in a statement it was pleased with the decision, and that the use of trademarks as search words that trigger competing ads was legal and supported by other court precedents. “Users searching on Google benefit from being able to choose from a variety of competing advertisers, and we found no evidence that legitimate use of trademarks as keyword triggers or in the text of advertisements confuses consumers,” said Google’s senior litigation counsel, Adam Barea…

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