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YouTube Vs. Viacom, the Day After



    YouTube Vs. Viacom, the Day After
    The concept is simple: you take videos, upload them and share them with your friends or the world at large. Founded in 2005, YouTube revolutioned online video, sending broadcasters running scared while audiences flocking in droves. From its glorious handful of years, we give you some of the bright spots...

    Yesterday's news that not only did YouTube emerge victorious -- but from a summary judgement, no less -- may have a significant effect on future startups. 

    The lawsuit, which has dogged YouTube practically since it was invented, was brought by the entertainment giant to prevent the company from hosting pirated video clips.

    The judge said YouTube was protected under DMCA Safe Harbor, which means that if you find a clip on the site that's illegal, it's the uploader's fault or liability, not YouTube's.

    If you're a new startup that relies on user-driven contributions, this is great news, although a summary judgement doesn't create the same legal precedent as a huge en banc decision. It's an extremely significant decision in the short history of dotcoms.

    A Day in the Life of YouTube

    [BAY] A Day in the Life of YouTube
    What is life like working at YouTube? Putting greens, pastries and plenty of work.
    (Published Friday, Feb. 5, 2010)

    Here's a recap of what happened yesterday:

    Viacom had alleged that YouTube, which Google bought in 2006, built itself into a successful video-sharing site by promoting the unlicensed use of video taken from Viacom cable channels such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. But U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton ruled in favor of Google in a summary judgment Wednesday, saying that YouTube removed illegal video promptly as required by federal copyright law.

    The case isn't over. Viacom says it will appeal.

    YouTube Testing Pay Scenario for Niche Content

    [BAY] YouTube Testing Pay Scenario for Niche Content
    YouTube Rental is becoming a paid platform for creators of education, travel, and entertainment programming, according to YouTube's Sara Pollack who talks with
    (Published Tuesday, March 16, 2010)