Friday, September 3, 2010

German court rules against YouTube over copyright

A German court ruled Friday that Google Inc.'s subsidiary YouTube LLC must pay compensation after users uploaded several videos of performances by singer Sarah Brightman in violation of copyright laws. The Hamburg state court said the standardized question to users about whether they have the necessary rights to publish material is not enough to relieve YouTube of the legal responsibility for the content, especially because the platform can be used anonymously. Google is evaluating the 60-page ruling but will appeal the decision, a company spokesman says.

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