San Francisco – Viacom (NYSE: VIA) has appealed its loss in the $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit it brought against Google’s (NASD: GOOG) YouTube in 2007, which a federal judge dismissed earlier this year before the case went to trial, the Associated Press reported. U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled in June that YouTube should be considered a service provider under the auspices of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and therefore not liable for copyright infringements committed by users of the service.
Judge Stanton also noted YouTube’s good faith efforts to remove copyrighted videos when presented with valid takedown notices from copyright holders.
Viacom’s appeal, which will be helmed by former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson, argues that Judge Stanton ignored the fact that YouTube knew it was hosting copyrighted material, but did nothing because that copyrighted content was attracting more viewers than its user-generated videos.
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