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Possible Resolution of Viacom Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against YouTube

A recent report indicates that each of Viacom and Google are preparing to file for summary judgment in respect of the lawsuit by Viacom for copyright infringements occurring on YouTube. Viacom claims that YouTube is liable for encouraging copyright infringement, from which it profits when users upload unauthorized TV and movie clips. Google, however, claims that YouTube is not responsible for any infringing content posted by users by virtue of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which provides immunity to Internet service providers for content supplied by users. The outcome of the case is being watched closely based on its potential to set an important precedent for Web video and music services.

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