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YouTube ruled not guilty of Viacom copyright infringement

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A New York judge ruled yesterday that YouTube and its corporate parent, Google, didn’t infringe Viacom’s copyright when clips from Viacom-owned TV shows were posted on the website, according to BusinessWeek. Last April, Viacom filed a complaint against Google, seeking $1 billion in damages for unlawful use of protected content. But U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton said that, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, YouTube promptly removed the clips after receiving a notice from Viacom. Under the act, service providers aren’t liable for copyright infringement if they take down the offending content when notified.