NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom is appealing a court decision that
YouTube obeyed copyright laws even though the Internet video site
used to show thousands of pirated clips.
The challenge filed Friday in a federal appeals court in New
York had been expected since a June ruling rebuffed Viacom's
copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube and its owner,
Viacom Inc. had sought more than $1 billion in damages, alleging
YouTube built its popular video site by turning a blind eye to
piracy. The rampant copyright violations included material taken
from various Viacom outlets, including cable channels MTV, Comedy
Central and Nickelodeon.
But the judge overseeing the case concluded YouTube couldn't be
held liable because it promptly removed illegal content after being
notified of a violation.
Google believes the lower-court ruling will be upheld.
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