In 2007, Viacom sued Youtube for copyright infringement. Viacom claimed that YouTube knowingly allowed infringing material to be uploaded to its site. In 2010, the courts ruled that YouTube was protected by what’s called the, “Safe Harbor” clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Basically, this clause stipulates that web sites can’t be held responsible for what their users do. Naturally, Viacom appealed.
Last year, the Second Circuit partially overturned that ruling. Today, Judge Louis Stanton sided with YouTube. Apparently, Viacom was unable to prove that YouTube employees failed to remove clips despite knowing that they were infringing.
Viacom has promised to appeal…again.