Viacom appeals YouTube copyright ruling

Viacom is appealing a June court ruling that stated YouTube and Google Inc. had not violated federal copyright rules by enabling users to upload pirated content to the website, the Los Angeles Times reports. The appeal argues that YouTube and its founders broke the law in order to invite traffic; Viacom had asked for over $1 billion in damages when first arguing the case. Back in June, a U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of New York ruled that YouTube had not violated the law, since they removed the videos after discovering that pirated content was online. Some of Viacom’s programming in question includes The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, South Park, and MTV Cribs.

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