Viacom is appealing to try to have its massive defeat overturned in a $1 billion lawsuit where they charged Google with copyright infringement for YouTube, Google's online video web site. You have to give them credit for trying. You kids get off of my lawn!
Viacom has firmly staked its position in the point of view of the 1900's, thinking that copyright holders can both preserve their copyright AND farm it out to other media companies at the same time for a profit, in a way that only benefits only the copyright holder. In today's media landscape you can choose one, but you do it at the expense of the other. Viacom's appeal was widely anticipated.
On Friday of last week, Viacom filed an appeal in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in an attempt to overturn the June ruling in which U.S. District Judge Louis L. Stanton of New York did not support Viacom's $1 billion claim that “safe harbor” protection under the DMCA did not apply to YouTube, granting Google's motion for summary judgment.
The case was a critical interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and will be seen as a guide for whether web sites are responsible for user-generated content. Viacom claimed that YouTube was responsible for copyright infringement.
Viacom argued that Google allowed copyrighted content on YouTube to keep the site popular with users. Movies, songs and TV shows owned by Viacom ended up on YouTube after users repeatedly uploaded them. The YouTube news never ends.
More to come! Round two could be twice as nice as round one.