Viacom to appeal YouTube copyright decision

Google and YouTube are not done defending themselves against a copyright lawsuit filed by Viacom, as the media giant follows through on plans to appeal.

In a move that surprises no one, Viacom plans to appeal the ruling that struck down its lawsuit against YouTube and Google earlier this year.

Viacom submitted the paperwork to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, making official the intention it stated after Google won a huge victory in June in the dispute between the two companies over copyright materials on YouTube.

Google's request for summary judgment was granted by Judge Louis Stanton, meaning that the dispute was never presented to a jury, after Stanton ruled that YouTube was protected under safe-harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that place the responsibility for informing a Web site owner that copyright material is present on the owner of that material.

In Viacom's statement following that ruling, it said it would "seek to have these issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as soon as possible." And that's where the next round of legal wrangling will take place--meaning that this dispute is far from over.

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