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Secondary Liability for Copyright Infringement in the Web 2.0 Environment: Some Reflections on Viacom v. Youtube


Miquel Peguera


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

September 10, 2010

Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2011

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The lawsuit brought by Viacom and other copyright owners against YouTube underscores the uncertainties of the law of secondary liability for third-party copyright infringement. Particularly, it shows the strengths and weaknesses of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, on which most Web 2.0 service providers heavily rely for protection from liability for their users’ infringements. This note explores the relationships between the protection granted by the DMCA safe harbors and the standards of secondary liability developed at common law, with special reference to that of inducement adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Grokster case.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: YouTube, Viacom, Secondary Liability, DMCA, inducement, copyright

JEL Classification: K11, O34

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Date posted: November 30, 2010 ; Last revised: April 12, 2014

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Peguera, Miquel, Secondary Liability for Copyright Infringement in the Web 2.0 Environment: Some Reflections on Viacom v. Youtube (September 10, 2010). Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1716773

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