Viacom confirms it will appeal YouTube ruling

By | Published on Friday 13 August 2010

As expected, Viacom has formally confirmed it will appeal the US court’s recent ruling regarding the company’s long running legal action against YouTube. As previously reported, a US judge dismissed MTV owner Viacom’s case against YouTube and its owners Google back in June.

The TV firm said that the video site had frequently infringed its copyrights during its first few years in business by turning a blind eye when people uploaded unlicensed MTV content to their website. But Judge Louis Stanton eventually ruled YouTube operated a good enough take-down system – whereby copyright infringing content was removed when a complaint was made – to get protection under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

It is not yet entirely clear on what grounds Viacom will appeal, but the media firm gave the Manhattan Federal Court notice that an appeal is incoming yesterday. So either way, this dispute – a test of the obligations of the operators of YouTube style systems under US copyright laws – seemingly has someway yet to run before resolution.