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Google-owned YouTube has won its copyright infringement case against Viacom, according to a Google blog post.
Viacom had sued YouTube for more than a billion dollars, arguing that the company was founded on pirated video content, much of it from Viacom properties.
In its decision, the court sided with Google, which argued that it was protected under the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Title II: Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act
DMCA Title II, the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act ("OCILLA"), creates a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs, including ISPs) against copyright liability if they adhere to and qualify for certain prescribed safe harbor guidelines and promptly block access to allegedly infringing material (or remove such material from their systems) if they receive a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder or the copyright holder's agent. OCILLA also includes a counternotification provision that offers OSPs a safe harbor from liability to their users upon notice from such users claiming that the material in question is not, in fact, infringing. OCILLA also provides for subpoenas to OSPs to provide their users' identity....