Google States Its Case In Verizon-YouTube Infringement Suit
Google has filed a 12-page response to Viacom's claim's that Google-owned YouTube is guilty of major copyright violations.
Staci Kramer at Paid Content quotes from the intro:
“By seeking to make carriers and hosting providers liable for internet communications, Viacom’s complaint threatens the way hundreds of millions of people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression. Google and YouTube respect the importance of intellectual property rights, and not only comply with their safe harbor obligations under the DMCA, but go well above and beyond what the law requires.”
Staci also spoke with Google product counsel Glenn Brown, who said, “the rest of what we argue—and will argue in the case—is that we’re confident in our legal position and we’re not going to let this case distract us from continuing to innovate ...” Viacom contends that Google/YouTube was selective about offering copyright protection tools, favoring content partners.
Staci points out that Brown told her that some DMCA management tools that go above and beyond the law’s requirements “have been available to copyright holders all along.
” As for the claim that content partners are treated differently, Brown said copyright holders fall into various categories including those who want to maximize revenue, those looking for promotional value and those who want content identified and taken down.
Google is requesting a jury trial on the matter.
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