Today, a federal district court in New York granted YouTubeâ€™s motion for summary judgment in its long-running litigation with Viacom. Viacom andâ€”separately,â€”the English Premier League sued YouTube and Google alleging that they were liable for infringing works that users posted on YouTube. Google is understandably trumpeting its victory though it of course is subject to appeal to the Second Circuit.
The issue in the case focuses on the scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Actâ€™s safe harbor for online service providers set forth in section 512 of the copyright statute. Section 512 is pretty chunky but most of the courtâ€™s analysis focuses on section 512(c). That subsection insulates service providers from liability â€œfor infringement of copyright by reason of the storage at the direction of a user of material that resides on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service providerâ€ if the service provider can meet a three-part standard set forth in that subsection.