On December 29, video-sharing site Veoh won another legal victory after Universal Music Group sought to keep the company from using a "safe harbor" defense against copyright infringement. A federal judge has rejected such pleas...

Veoh might not qualify for a safe harbor in the end, but the judge's ruling makes clear that automated processing of UGC won't be the reason for any disqualification. This is crucial; as the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann notes in his analysis of the case, "If the court had accepted UMG's arguments, every web host would lose the safe harbor as soon as it made web pages available to the public. The ruling should also help YouTube in its ongoing battle with Viacom, which also turns on the continuing strength of the DMCA safe harbors."

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Ars Technica

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