WSJ: Speaking of youtube; Judge curbs YouTube Copyright Suit….

WSJ:

A federal judge overseeing a high-profile copyright class action against Google Inc.’s YouTube dismissed some of the plaintiffs’ claims for damages from the video-sharing site.

U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled that the plaintiffs, which include music publishers and Britain’s top soccer league, couldn’t request damages for videos with non-U.S. copyrights that may have appeared on YouTube.

Disagreeing with the plaintiff’s interpretation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the judge wrote the U.S. law “bars statutory damages for all foreign and domestic works not timely registered” with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Judge Stanton also said the plaintiffs couldn’t seek punitive damages, another measure they had been requesting. But he left open the door for them to seek damages for claims over live broadcast footage.

The decision, which was released July 3, doesn’t address the core issue of the case, which has become entwined with Viacom Inc.’s 2007 copyright lawsuit against Google. Viacom’s suit argues that Google didn’t do enough to prevent Viacom’s videos from appearing on YouTube. Google counters that it complied with U.S. law by removing copyrighted content when alerted.

…A YouTube spokesman said “the punitive and statutory damages claims dismissed by the court were baseless from the start.”…

July 8, 2009. Entertainment.

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