Google Settles Lawsuit With Viacom

Google has settled a landmark copyright lawsuit with Viacom in which the latter had accused the search giant of posting its programmes on YouTube without permission.

Though, both the companies refused to disclose about the terms of settlement.

The settlement has come 11 months after US district judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan rejected Viacom’s damages claims over Google’s alleged posting of clips from ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’, ‘South Park’, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and other programmes that viewers had uploaded to YouTube.

Viacom, a global mass media company, had been appealing that decision to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.

In 2007, Viacom had filed a $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube and others accusing YouTube of broadcasting 79,000 copyrighted videos on its website between 2005 and 2008.

In ruling against Viacom for the second time in three years, Stanton had concluded in his April 2013 decision that Google and YouTube had been protected from Viacom’s copyright claims by “safe harbour” provisions in the law.

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