Viacom loses YouTube lawsuit


Federal Judge Louis Stanton in New York ruled Wednesday that YouTube had complied with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in promptly removing videos when Viacom units asserted copyright claims. So he issued a summary judgment in favor of YouTube in a lawsuit brought by Viacom.

Viacom, which had sued for damages of more than $1 billion, says it will appeal.

But there is celebrating at Google, which owns YouTube. Google declared it a victory for the “billions of people around the world who use the web to communicate and share experiences.”

Despite stretching over three years thus far, the case never even got to the point of a trial. Both sides had filed motions for the judge to make a summary judgment in their favor. Judge Stanton granted Google’s motion on Wednesday.