YouTube responsible for copyright infringement
Uh-oh! YouTube have been told in a court-of-law that they are indeed responsible for copyright-infringing videos that are uploaded to their platform. This could be a massive problem for Google couldn't it?
At the weekend, the Hamburg regional court ruled in favour of GEMA, the German rights collection society, in a lawsuit that focused on 12 example videos which had been uploaded without the permission of the copyright holders.
Currently, YouTube only take down videos when someone has notified them that copyright has been infringed. The court ruled that YouTube must now add digital fingerprints to all the videos uploaded and that it also had to install a word filter to pick up copyright-infringing videos.
"We reached our primary goal one hundred percent, to have the court confirm that YouTube is fundamentally responsible for videos posted by users," GEMA chairman Harald Heker said in a statement. "YouTube must implement appropriate measures to protect our repertoire and cannot simply pass on this obligation to the copyright holders. This is an important victory for us."
Google, who own YouTube, can still appeal the verdict and they probably will because they've got a terrifying amount of money behind them. Meanwhile, all the major label German bands will all disappear from YouTube again. What a shame.