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US appeals court reinstates case against YouTube

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 8:05am
The Associated Press

An appeals court has reinstated a copyright case against YouTube, finding that a jury could conclude that the online video service knew it was infringing rights.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The ruling came after Viacom Inc. asked that its case alleging "rampant copyright infringement" be reinstated.

A lower court judge had ruled that Google Inc.'s popular video service was protected from copyright infringement claims.

Google bought YouTube for $1.76 billion in 2006. The ruling concerns the safe harbor provision of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That provision shields a company from liability if it doesn't have actual knowledge of copyright infringement.

The New York-based Viacom owns popular cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Google is based in Mountain View, California.

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