YouTube Again Obtains Dismissal of $1 Billion Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

On April 18, 2013, for the second time in three years, Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Google's motion for summary judgment in a $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by Viacom International against Google's YouTube. Judge Stanton previously granted Google's motion for summary judgment in June 2010, but in 2012, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit remanded for consideration of a handful of specific issues. On remand, Judge Stanton decided each of those issues in Google's favor, ruled that YouTube is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's Section 512(c) safe harbor, and rejected Viacom's copyright infringement claims.

Kent Walker, Google's senior vice president and general counsel, said, "This is a win not just for YouTube, but for people everywhere who depend on the internet to exchange ideas and information."

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has represented Google and YouTube from the start of the landmark case through a team of attorneys that includes David Kramer, Michael Rubin, Maura Rees, Brian Willen, and Evan Stern.

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