Premier League Sues YouTube over Copyright

Plaintiffs have sued Google Incorporated's YouTube for copyright infringement, the second such legal challenge to the popular video site in two months. According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Football Association Premier League Limited and music publisher Bourne Company sued YouTube, charging the video sharing site for "knowingly misappropriated and exploited this valuable property for their own gain without payment or license to the owners of the intellectual property. In the meantime, the Premier League has been forced to send time-consuming and ineffectual notices of infringement to YouTube." Lawyers for the Premier League said YouTube provided access to a tool against copyright infringement, but charged that it was "fraught" with problems and that YouTube should do more. The lawsuit also demanded a court-ordered injunction to prohibit the defendants from continuing to violate various copyright protection laws and unspecified monetary damages.

Google general counsel Kent Walker replied in a statement: "These suits simply misunderstand the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which balances the rights of copyright holders against the need to protect Internet communications and content, Walker said, referring to the 1998 U.S. law governing the rights of content owners and Internet service providers. They threaten the way people legitimately exchange information, news, entertainment, and political and artistic expression over the Internet."

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News source: eWeek

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In the meantime, the Premier League has been forced to send time-consuming and ineffectual notices of infringement to YouTube
Those poor lawyers, having to do their job under the law, Won't somebody please think of the lawyers!

Not sure how any normal person who understands the copyrights can argue what is happening here.

I've said this since Youtube was born, bound to happen. Others need to sue Youtube for illegally hosting their videos. I can't stand how they get away with it left and right and hardly take down videos that they clearly don't have the copyrights for.

You play, you pay..

MusicMan07 said,
hardly take down videos that they clearly don't have the copyrights for.

What are you talking about? Once a video is requested to be deleted its delt with very swiftly. The problem is people keep uploading the same video's over and over again. It's hardly Google's fault - they ARE trying!

dj_alex_m said,

What are you talking about? Once a video is requested to be deleted its delt with very swiftly. The problem is people keep uploading the same video's over and over again. It's hardly Google's fault - they ARE trying!

That's just it, the upload system is flawed. You shouldn't have to even put out a request, clearly people uploading old music videos and nfl games do not hold the copyrights. It is a given that these shouldn't even be allowed to be uploaded, awful system.

charging the video sharing site for "knowingly misappropriated and exploited this valuable property for their own gain without payment or license to the owners of the intellectual property. In the meantime, the Premier League has been forced to send time-consuming and ineffectual notices of infringement to YouTube.

It's things like this that may eventually persuade Google to make YouTube a for-pay subscriber site, since these idiots holding the copyrights demand their slice of the action.

If they are not controlling what goes on there then they deserve to be sued for it. On the other hand, before the aqusition of YouTube no one ever paid any attention to it. Now that multi-billion dollar Google owns it, it's becoming another cash cow.

Might as well get their name right, it's the Football Association Premier League Ltd, or more commonly the Premier League. No soccer in the title.