"Southern District of New York Rules in Viacom v. YouTube"

On June 23, 2010, the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, issued its decision in Viacom International Inc. v. YouTube Inc., granting the defendants' motion for summary judgment.  The Court found that the "safe harbor" provision contained within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects the defendants from all of the plaintiffs' direct and secondary infringement claims. 

This Stroock Entertainment Practice Group Special Bulletin examines the Viacom v. YouTube decision and its implications for content owners and content users alike, particularly as new technologies are implemented and courts are faced with whether to protect service providers against liability for copyright infringement.

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