Viacom Takes A Final Shot At YouTube

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What is likely to be final set of briefs in the Viacom-YouTube appeal has been filed, and the argument is becoming more focused.

The case comes down to what kind of copyright-policing system we want. Should it be one where copyright owners need to send notices with specific URLs, or one where Internet companies must take additional actions, including installing software filters? There aren't a whole lot of new arguments in these briefs, which represent a sort of parting shot by Viacom and the class-action plaintiffs who are suing YouTube over the same allegations. But two main arguments made by Viacom here are worth noting -- and both have serious problems. Viacom says that YouTube should have taken additional measures to protect copyright, including the installation of a software filter.


Viacom Takes A Final Shot At YouTube