Feeds

Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

Billion-dollar case closed after Choc Factory agrees terms with media firm

Security for virtualized datacentres

Google and Viacom have settled their copyright differences stemming from the media company's accusation that the Choc Factory was posting its shows on YouTube without permission.

Viacom alleged that Google was allowing clips from programmes like South Park and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on YouTube in violation of its copyrights.

It originally filed a billion dollar lawsuit against YouTube and others in 2007 for what it said were tens of thousands of copyrighted videos on the site posted in the previous three years and viewed billions of times.

The case was a major test of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act and particularly the "Safe Harbor" provision, which protects a company from liability if it is just the medium for pirated content, as long as it takes the infringing material down when it is asked to by the owners.

The district court agreed with Google's Safe Harbor defence, but Viacom appealed and the appeals court revived the case, saying that a reasonable jury might find that YouTube was aware of infringing activity on its site.

The case then went back to court, where Google won once again in April last year. That wasn't enough to satisfy Viacom though, which said at the time that it intended to appeal again.

In a joint statement today, the two firms said that they had settled the litigation, but naturally didn't disclose the terms of the settlement.

"Google and Viacom today jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs YouTube copyright litigation. This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together," they said. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road
It's hard enough to peel the onion, are you hard enough to eat the core?
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.