Major Media Companies File Amicus Brief in Support of Google
Today Ebay, Yahoo, IAC, and Facebook filed amicus briefs, asking a judge in federal court to dismiss Viacom’s copyright infringement lawsuit against Google’s YouTube video-sharing website. YouTube is seeking summary judgment in the case, citing the safe-harbor provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Normally, this provision is used for internet service providers, which prevents media companies from holding the service provider accountable for the copyright-infringement of the service company’s users. YouTube would like the judge to extend this to websites, whose users enjoy similar autonomy when creating digital media.
“The Plaintiff’s legal arguments . . . would retard the development of the Internet and electronic commerce,” said Asim Bhansali, an attorney representing the four companies.
Viacom claims that YouTube displayed over 60,000 copyrighted works on its website without authorization.
By Eric Perrott