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Google needs to be magnanimous with big content – while it still can

The issue of Google’s YouTube versus Viacom will not go away and it now has the powerful lobby groups, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA


Published: 16 December, 2010


The issue of Google’s YouTube versus Viacom will not go away and it now has the powerful lobby groups, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) pushing the appeal court that will review the $1 billion law suit, to reverse the original court decision.

“En masse” the entire creative industry has come out with a single voice in an Amicus Brief filing, saying that Viacom is not on its own here, and that this decision affects everyone. The decision hinges on just how much YouTube executives knew about the copyright abuse that used to (and perhaps still does) go on and how expeditiously it acted in response to take down notices. The thrust of the argument is that YouTube got big by spending over a year thinking about how to automate the takedown of pirated content, and in the meantime placing the onus for finding copyright infringements on the owner, not on itself. It also tried to strong arm the studios into signing deals with it to legally carry the pirated content, by making access to tools for finding pirated content as it was uploaded, contingent upon such deals.

“The decision of the lower court, if not overturned, will allow businesses to profit by inviting massive amounts of online copyright theft and avoid liability simply by turning a blind eye to the direct, illegal effects of their business models,” said Daniel Mandil, General Counsel and Chief Content Protection Officer of the MPAA. “We are confident that the Court of Appeals will recognize that the lower court’s decision was entirely inconsistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Grokster and with the plain language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”

The filing will be part of the evidence that is looked at by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit when it reviews the case, which originally went YouTube’s way.

The court has a tough job here in our opinion, and potentially this has far reaching consequences for both Google and the development of Over The Top TV services in the US.

The reason it’s such a tough job is that during the original trial it became clear that both YouTube execs and Viacom execs both knew about the levels of abuse, and both behaved badly. YouTube execs were shown to have uploaded films themselves to make YouTube more popular, while Viacom execs were shown to have uploaded their own films, to make YouTube more obviously culpable. The lower court decided that if they wanted to play those kinds of silly games, then there was no case to answer, but that doesn’t resolve the issue of the rest of the world copying the YouTube example and allowing the uploading of copyright material with impunity.

The truth is that a major fine for Google, and some monitoring of how it goes about keeping copyright material off its video database, would act as a disincentive for anyone else uploading copyright material, although that on its own will not stop piracy in its tracks.

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