June 2010

Decision in Viacom v. YouTube: Dog Bites Man (Mark Cuban was wrong)

Despite all the hoopla, this week’s copyright decision in Viacom v. YouTube (link on Scribd) was predicatable – a decision in the opposition direction would have been a shocker.  Viacom accused YouTube (owned by Google) of massive copyright infringement.  The court dismissed the case on summary judgment in favor of YouTube.

Of course, there is no question that copyright infringement is taking place on YouTube every instant of the day.  The court noted that video is being uploaded to YouTube at the rate of 24 hours per minute.  My calculator tells me that this is over 12.6 million hours of video per year.  It’s no secret that people are uploading copyright material at a fantastic rate – a search of YouTube will find that almost any popular song can be located.  it’s a simple matter to download the clip (either video of just audio), and share it with friends or on peer-to-peer networks.  … Read the full article