April 18 A federal judge has again thrown out
Viacom Inc's copyright infringement lawsuit against
Google Inc over the latter's YouTube service, a year
after a federal appeals court had revived the case.
U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton agreed that YouTube was
protected from Viacom's copyright claims by the "safe harbor"
provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Stanton had originally ruled for YouTube in 2010. That
ruling was reversed last April by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals, which revived Viacom's lawsuit.
Viacom had in 2007 filed its $1 billion lawsuit against
YouTube and other companies to stop the posting of clips for
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "South Park," "SpongeBob
SquarePants" and other programs without permission.
The case is Viacom International Inc et al v. YouTube Inc et
al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.