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RIAA Outraged by YouTube vs Viacom Decision


Youtube logoTheir outrage is justified. Entertainment executives have paid lavishly for the very best law that money can buy. And what do they get?

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Monday voiced its opposition to the recent decision in the YouTube-Viacom copyright infringement case.

“We believe that the district court’s dangerously expansive reading of the liability immunity provisions of the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] DMCA upsets the careful balance struck within the law and is bad public policy,” Cary Sherman, RIAA president, wrote in a blog post. “It will actually discourage service providers from taking steps to minimize the illegal exchange of copyrighted works on their sites.”

Last week, a New York District Court ruled that the posting of Viacom-owned content by YouTube users on the Google-owned video site did not constitute copyright infringement because YouTube removed the offending content as quickly as possible after being alerted to their existence.

The ruling came three years after Viacom filed its $1 billion infringement case against YouTube.


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