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Default Google and YouTube defeat Viacom in copyright lawsuit

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Google Inc won a landmark victory over media companies as a Manhattan federal judge threw out Viacom Inc's $1 billion lawsuit accusing the Internet company of allowing copyrighted videos on its YouTube service without permission
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But in a 30-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton said it would be improper to hold Google and YouTube liable under federal copyright law merely for having a "general awareness" that videos might be posted illegally.
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Viacom said it plans to appeal to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
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It was seen as a test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a 1998 federal law making it a crime to produce technology to circumvent anti-piracy measures, and limiting liability of online service providers for copyright infringement by users.
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It alleged that copyrighted works uploaded illegally included "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "South Park," "SpongeBob SquarePants," and others.
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So artists will still have to sift through miles of youtube baby laughs to find out if one of their songs is being pirated.
I think the judge is wrong, though I don't know how you would enforce a restriction like that.
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