Courtroom Victory for Veoh, and for YouTube, Perhaps…

A federal judge in California has dismissed a suit against the video sharing website Veoh, which was brought by IO Group adult entertainment for copyright infringement. According to the IO Group, some of its copyright protected videos were uploaded to Veoh without its permission. IO Group alleges that Veoh's negligence is in violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Judge Howard Lloyd disagreed, however, finding that Veoh has taken "great pains" to comply with copyright laws and the DMCA:

"Far from encouraging copyright infringement, Veoh has a strong DMCA policy, takes active steps to limit incidents of infringement on its website and works diligently to keep unauthorized works off its site."

Lloyd's decision is not only a triumph for Veoh, but for other websites offering public content as well, notably, YouTube. Google, which is currently fighting a legal battle with Viacom over videos uploaded to YouTube, quickly praised Judge Lloyd's decision. While legal experts acknowledge that the outcome of the Veoh suit may influence the YouTube case, analysts caution that it is not binding legal precedent, as the upcoming suit will be argued in New York's federal district. Nevertheless, Lloyd's interpretation, finding that it is practically impossible to eliminate all online infringement, has raised the spirits of video-sharing sites the web over.

Source: New York Times Bits

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