Tuesday, January 06, 2009

UMG loses motion in UMG Recordings v. Veoh Networks

(Thanks to faithful reader Randy Kruger for bringing this decision to my attention:)

In a case in Los Angeles, UMG Recordings v. Veoh Networks, UMG's motion for summary judgment has been denied.

Veoh operates an internet-based service that allows users to share videos with others, free of charge.

UMG moved for partial summary judgment determining that Veoh was not entitled to the "safe harbor" afforded by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. District Judge A. Howard Matz, of the Central District of California, located in Los Angeles, disagreed.

Four months earlier, Veoh had won another case -- also on DMCA grounds -- brought by a company named Io Group.

December 29, 2008, Decision Denying Plaintiffs' Summary Judgment Motion

Commentary & discussion:

Electronic Frontier Foundation

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the decision: "The “safe harbor” would in fact be full of treacherous shoals if the copyright owner still could recover damages because the service provider remained liable for having provided access to the stored material that had been removed."

Treacherous shoals indeed.