Hey Viacom, YouTube Doesn’t Have to Police Itself

by Nate Wooley | April 19, 2013 9:06 am

youtube185[1]According to a federal court, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) YouTube doesn’t have to police itself regarding the content that users post.

In a ruling — the second concerning the issue in the last three years — U.S. District Court Judge Louis Stanton said that the video-sharing site doesn’t have to proactively prevent users from posting copyrighted material, USA Today reports[3].

The judge held that YouTube could not be held liable for the actions of its users, provided it was not aware of any copyrighted material being posted. As long as YouTube maintains a policy of blocking or removing such material when the copyright holder notifies the company, it will be protected from suits under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB[4]) brought the original suit against YouTube in 2010. Judge Stanton dismissed the suit that year and revisited it when an appeals court sent it back for reconsideration.

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