Internets 1 – Corporations 0

If anyone remembers, Viacom sued YouTube for a cold, arbitrary billion dollars because Viacom programming, like The Daily Show, was appearing for free on the internets.  That was one issue in the national writer’s strike from a couple years ago that doomed the United States to reruns instead of new programming during the fall.  I don’t know about you guys, but there was no apocalypse greater than watching reruns of The Daily Show and Real Time With Bill Maher from the preceding three months in a diabolical time-loop.

The judge granted Google’s motion for summary judgment, saying the company was shielded from Viacom’s copyright claims by “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Those provisions generally protect a Web site from liability for copyrighted material uploaded by its users as long as the operator of the site takes down the material when notified by its rightful owner that it was uploaded without permission.

This means that content will continue to be available on YouTube and this may end the the annoying-as-fuck commercial barriers that Viacom has erected around their in-house hosted content and also on sites like Hulu.

Seriously guys, I’ll buy Kaspersky Internet Security if you keep it up (there’s a feature that force disables commercials and ads, meaning whenever one pops up during a video, it immediately skips it and goes back to whatever show you were watching).



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