YouTube responsible for copyright infringement

April 23rd, 2012 10 Comments By Mof Gimmers

youtube logo 300x198 YouTube responsible for copyright infringementUh-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.

Comments (10) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Kevin April 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Ah they’ll just block anything from those companies and let the fans using YouTube vent their fury at those companies while they are appealing the judgement.

  2. Posted by SgtMunky April 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Youtube should prevent access from German then whilst they are appealing.

  3. Posted by Northern Monkey April 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    When will the greedy bastard record companies learn! Social media pushes publicity for their artists for free but they want paying for it? Fuck em n let em spend millions advertising instead!

  4. Posted by whatsit tooya April 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    BBC News – ‘Internet giant Google has reported a large jump in profits and sales as it announced an effective doubling of its shares.

    The company said net income in the first quarter was $2.89bn (£1.8bn), up 60% from the same period last year.

    Google’s quarterly revenues also exceeded $10bn, with more than half of that coming from outside the US’

    ’nuff said…

  5. Posted by Zleet April 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Simply isn’t feasible for YouTube to police all videos.

    What is it about German courts and bat shit crazy judgments when it comes to technology. Wasn’t it Germany who decided Apple somehow had the patent on square touchscreen devices and blocked Samsung?

  6. Posted by Frank "Ponch" Poncherello April 24, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Hope that includes blocking all Hasselhoff videos. The cheesy twat what he is.

  7. Posted by Mary Hinge April 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

    12 examples? Out of the ‘billions’* of videos that are uploaded every single second? Not bad if you ask me.


  8. Posted by Mike Hock April 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Major German bands? Is this the 12 examples with 10 views between them? And that were the band members?

  9. Posted by Pedo Pete April 24, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Just have some respect Germany! Remember who kicked you ass in the war?!

  10. Posted by Axis Carpets April 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Oh ya?

    We won the carpet war.

    Und it was the Commies that kicked our ass the hardest.

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