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Questions Unanswered by the Google/Viacom Settlement

Questions Unanswered by the Google/Viacom Settlement

Viacom LogoNews has spread today that Google and Viacom have settled their seven-year-old lawsuit over YouTube. This puts an end to both Viacom’s $1 billion claim against YouTube and at least one awkward family Thanksgiving.

The settlement, without a doubt, was the best thing for both sides. Viacom and YouTube have long enjoyed a cooperative relationship, with Viacom recently striking a deal to rent movies through YouTube and the lawsuit itself had largely stagnated, getting stuck between a lower court that showed strong favor to YouTube’s arguments and an appeals court that seemed to favored Viacom’s.

Rather than wrangle with expensive litigation that had already taken seven years and could have easily taken seven more, it made sense to put the case to rest, especially since YouTube had long since moved on from the practices at issue.

However, with every settlement there is also a missed opportunity. The issues at the heart of the Viacom case don’t cease being relevant now that the case is settled but the opportunity for clarification on the law has ended, at least for now.

So what are the issues at stake? We have to first take a look at the lawsuit and what it was really about.Continue Reading

3 Count: Going En Banc

3 Count: Going En Banc

Garcia’s Innocence of Muslims copyright registration is denied, House Judiciary Committee has a hearing on DMCA notices and hip hop show draws a lawsuit.Continue Reading

3 Count: Lawsuit Liberation

3 Count: Lawsuit Liberation

Lawrence Lessig and Liberation Music settle their DMCA spat, Glasgow bar found liable for playing Sky Sports matches and a spa does not provide healthcare.Continue Reading

The Troubling ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling

The Troubling ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling

When Cindy Lee Garcia claimed copyright in a film she played a role in, no one took her argument seriously, until the 9th Circuit ruled in her favor.Continue Reading

3 Count: Controversial Takedown

3 Count: Controversial Takedown

9th Circuit orders Innocence of Muslims removal from YouTube, bill seeks to give artists royalties for resold work and Spotify settles in playlist dispute.Continue Reading

3 Count: Cord Uncutting

3 Count: Cord Uncutting

Broadcasters file arguments against Aereo with Supreme Court, Warner Brothers avoids Trouble with the Curve lawsuit and Top Gun Twitter account closed.Continue Reading

3 Count: Aereo Off

3 Count: Aereo Off

Utah court rules against Aereo, Gawker tells Tarantino that they can’t be sued in California and RIAA looks to end Grooveshark dispute once and for all.Continue Reading

3 Count: Fighting Streams

3 Count: Fighting Streams

Perfect 10 sues LeaseWeb, UFC threatens to target those who illegally streamed PPV events and South Korea to extend copyright protection in trade agreement.Continue Reading

3 Count: Remix Mixup

3 Count: Remix Mixup

Steven Tyler writes a letter opposing compulsory remix licensing, Themer removed by Apple from Google’s App Store and Frank Ocean sued over sample.Continue Reading

3 Count: Mission Unpossible

3 Count: Mission Unpossible

Tom Cruise sued over latest Mission: Impossible movie, Australia’s Liberal Party has advertisement removed from YouTube and fake Oscar statutes draw suit.Continue Reading