YouTube Defeats Class Certification in Long-Running Copyright Lawsuit

On May 15, 2013, U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion to certify a class action by copyright owners who claimed that their works had been posted on YouTube without their consent. The putative class action lawsuit was filed in 2007 by the English Premier Soccer League, the French Tennis Federation, and others, including record labels and music publishers. For a time, the case ran in parallel with the $1 billion copyright lawsuit filed by Viacom International against Google and YouTube. In the Viacom litigation, Judge Stanton has twice granted YouTube's motion for summary judgment based upon the safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), most recently in April 2013.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has represented Google and YouTube throughout both cases with a team of attorneys that includes David Kramer, Michael Rubin, Maura Rees, Brian Willen, and Evan Stern.

Click here to read the court's order denying class action treatment.