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Viacom Appeals Court Ruling that Youtube Not Responsible for Copyright Infringement by Users

Viacom has told a US appeals court that Google’s YouTube platform is built on ‘rampant copyright infringement.'

The company is appealing against an earlier ruling that had declared YouTube was not responsible for the copyright infringement done by its users.

Viacom lawyer Paul Smith claims that if the ruling was not scrapped then more copyright infringement would take place thanks to YouTube, the Huffington Post reveals (opens in new tab). "YouTube not only knew there was rampant copyright infringement on the site, but welcomed it," said Smith said

"These people made this kind of money on somebody else's property," he added.

Google, which had acquired YouTube for $1.76 billion in 2006, maintains that YouTube follows copyright laws and claims the company is quick to remove an infringing video if it receives a complaint from a copyright owner.

“We've done A, B, C and D and plaintiffs are saying, `You should have done E and F.' If we did E and F, they would say, `You should have done G and H,'" said Google lawyer, Andrew Schapiro. He also claims that there was not a single piece of evidence that implicated Google of copyright infringement.

Viacom lawyer Smith said the company is open to a licensing agreement with Google.