A federal court in Madrid dismissed charges of copyright infringement against YouTube. “Spanish broadcaster Telecinco had claimed that YouTube should be liable when users upload copyright-infringing material. The court rejected Telecinco’s claim, noting that YouTube offers content owners tools to remove copyright infringing content and this means that it’s the responsibility of the copyright owner – not YouTube – to identify and tell YouTube when infringing content is on its website.
This decision demonstrates the wisdom of European laws. More than 24 hours of video are loaded onto YouTube every minute. If Internet sites had to screen all videos, photos and text before allowing them on a website, many popular sites – not just YouTube, but Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others – would grind to a halt,” informs Google.