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Old 05-29-12, 09:30 PM   #1
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Post French court gives YouTube a victory in copyright infringement case

A French superior court ruled in favor of YouTube on Tuesday, saying that the Google-owned video sharing platform did not infringe upon TF1, one of the biggest national TV channels in the country. TF1 claimed that YouTube users uploaded videos of some of the sports and film productions that the channel had the rights to distribute, and that Google owed the company up to ?141 million (or about $176 million) in damages.

Instead the Tribunal de Grande Instance determined that YouTube was not responsible for filtering the videos that users upload to the platform, and ordered TF1 to pay Google ?80,000 (or about $99,900) for legal fees incurred since the case was brought to court back in 2008.

YouTube's current method of combating copyright infringement involves a system called Content ID, which tries to identify infringing material and send notice to the uploader. Content ID usually makes headlines when it overcorrects for copyright infringement, as when it flagged bird songs in one man's 'Picking a Wild Salad' video, and content owner RumbleFish had the video taken down.

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