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A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed a demand of the VIACOM Media Group on Wednesday June 23, 2010 by 1 billion dollars against Google, to which accused of posting videos with copyright in its service by Internet YouTube without permission. Viacom claimed that tens of thousands of videos on YouTube, resulting in hundreds of millions of visits, were copyrighted, and that defendants knew this and did nothing to stop the illegal downloads. However, in a 30-page ruling, the American judge Louis Stanton said that it would be inappropriate to say that Google and YouTube were responsible under federal law for copyright by simply having a general notion that the videos could have been published illegally. Viacom said that it planned to appeal the decision. The company, which is headquartered in New York, is controlled by Sumner Redstone and owns cable such as MTV networks and Comedy Central as well as the Paramount Film Studio. These issues are really important for creators of content, to protect their intellectual property against the use of intermediaries on the Internet, said Laura Martin, an analyst for Needham & Co.

This is really important so that content creators receive their payment. This is the beginning, not the end, he added. Kent Walker, lead counsel for Google, wrote on the company blog that the ruling was an important victory not only for ourselves, but for the billions of people around the world who use the Internet to communicate and share their experiences. Safety reading By Leonel Morales full article and more news in: new design!