ONLINE VIDEO COMPANY THAT PROCESSES USER-SUBMITTED VIDEOS MAY ASSERT SAFE HARBOR DEFENSE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM

A federal court in California has held that an online video company that automatically processes uploaded video files may assert the affirmative defense of “safe harbor” in an action for copyright infringement. The decision is the first time that a U.S. court has ruled on some of the specific processes involved in the free distribution of movies and music on the Internet.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the functions of Veoh’s software that UMG claimed were not “storage” or undertaken “at the direction of a user?”
What was the court’s rationale for denying UMG’s motion for partial summary judgment?
What is the significance of UMG v. Veoh?

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