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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 11:51

Music industry loses a key anti-copyright case

Written by Nick Farell



Veoh was right all along


Universal was been walloped in a long-running copyright court case against Veoh.

The studio wanted to shut the now-defunct video hosting site, but it turned out that Veoh had a right to exist after all. A federal judge upheld a previous ruling that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbour provision protected Veoh from liability when users uploaded videos that infringed on UMG's intellectual property.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it was a  "a bittersweet and crucial victory" for the Internet as a whole. Veoh died because it could not afford to take on the deep pockets of the movie studios.

The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco rejected UMG's reasoning for filing takedown notices. The court remanded the question of whether Veoh will get the costs that sunk it back to the US District Court.

Nick Farell

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