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

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

14 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2010 Last revised: 12 Apr 2014

Miquel Peguera

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC); Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Date Written: September 10, 2010

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: K11, O34

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1716773

Miquel Peguera (Contact Author)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) ( email )

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Barcelona, 08035
Spain

Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

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Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/about/people/miquel-peguera

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