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YouTube Wins French Copyright Case Against Broadcaster

posted on by Egan Loo

A court of Paris ruled this week that Google's video service YouTube is not liable for streaming videos that originated from TF1, France's most-watched television channel. TF1 had sued YouTube in 2008 for hosting its content and asked for 141 million Euros (about US$175 million) in damages. Instead, thanks to the court ruling, TF1 will have to pay 80,000 Euros (US$100,000) for Google's legal costs.

In dismissing TF1's case, the court said that TF1 did not demonstrate a loss in sales due to the streams. The court added that YouTube qualified as a content hosting platform, which grants the service protection from infringement cases as long as it acts on takedown requests from copyright owners.

TF1 said it will appeal the ruling.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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