May 30, 2012
TF1 has lost its case against Google, which a French court ruled was not responsible for ensuring material carried on its YouTube website was copyright cleared.
It ruled that YouTube was a hosting platform for content and as such was not responsible for its editing and filtering. It added that YouTube had made the appropriate efforts to remove pirated content. The French commercial broadcaster unsuccessfully sought damages of over €140 million. It was ordered to pay €80,000 of Google’s legal costs.
TF1 said the ruling was surprising and it is considering an appeal. The case has many similarities with those brought against YouTube in the US where Viacom is pursuing a claim. Google, meanwhile is appealing a recent German court order that certain filters be installed to make it harder to upload pirated content to YouTube.
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