Monday, November 21, 2011
Nirajan Man Singh, University of California, Berkeley, has published Viacom v. Youtube: Should the Second Circuit Protect Youtube? Here is the abstract.
Viacom sued YouTube for more than $1 billion for copyright infringement because hundreds of thousands of clips from Viacom programs have been uploaded to YouTube without Viacom’s permission. These Viacom programs have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times. (Viacom is not claiming that remixes and mashups are infringing, only verbatim copies of the whole or substantial parts of the programs.) The direct infringement claims are for violation of the public performance, public display, and reproduction rights. The indirect infringement claims are for inducement of infringement, contributory infringement and vicarious infringement.
The full text is not available from SSRN.