Google again beats Viacom in YouTube copyright case
(REUTERS) - A federal judge has thrown out Viacom Inc's lawsuit accusing Google Inc of posting its programs on YouTube without permission, a year after a federal appeals court had revived the landmark copyright infringement case.
For the second time in three years, United States (US) District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan rejected Viacom's damages claims over Google's alleged unauthorized posting of clips from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants and other programs that viewers had uploaded to YouTube.
Mr Stanton agreed that Google and YouTube were protected from Viacom's copyright claims by the "safe harbour" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
That 1998 federal law made it illegal to produce technology to circumvent anti-piracy measures, while limiting liability of online service providers for copyright infringement by users.