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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 11:51

Music industry loses a key anti-copyright case

Written by Nick Farell



Veoh was right all along


Universal was been walloped in a long-running copyright court case against Veoh.

The studio wanted to shut the now-defunct video hosting site, but it turned out that Veoh had a right to exist after all. A federal judge upheld a previous ruling that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbour provision protected Veoh from liability when users uploaded videos that infringed on UMG's intellectual property.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it was a  "a bittersweet and crucial victory" for the Internet as a whole. Veoh died because it could not afford to take on the deep pockets of the movie studios.

The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco rejected UMG's reasoning for filing takedown notices. The court remanded the question of whether Veoh will get the costs that sunk it back to the US District Court.

Nick Farell

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+4 #1 pogsnet 2011-12-21 13:09
Yeah same as youtube, it may be infringing but it is not youtube's fault, same as radio stations, you think we cant record music from there? It is much easier now than cassette age.

Intentional infringing is obvious but those content uploaded by the user is not the host's fault. Catch all the user, now you will have no listener.
 
 
+2 #2 nECrO 2011-12-21 19:04
On one hand Universal really wins because they were able to bankrupt away what they didn't like. But on the other hand, and much more importantly, a precedent was set. Now that that precedent is set, it should be a lot easier (and cheaper) for small websites to defend themselves. I say SHOULD because, well, this is America and politicians and justice are always for sale...
 
 
0 #3 Fud_u 2011-12-22 01:20
Censorship is communism. Don't believed me? Go to a communist country and you'll miss everything we have here.
 

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