Google wins Spanish case over YouTube copyright breach
Google Inc, owner of the most popular search engine, said it won a case in Spain over claims its YouTube video service was liable for copyright violations.
A federal court in Madrid rejected claims by Gestevision Telecinco SA that YouTube is liable when people post copyright infringing videos on its site, Google said in a blog post today.
Telecinco, a unit of Mediaset SpA and Spain’s largest commercial television station, lost the suit because the court decided YouTube offers companies whose copyright was breached the opportunity to have any infringing content removed.
The responsibility doesn’t lie with YouTube, Google said.
“This decision demonstrates the wisdom of European laws,” said Google on the blog.
“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,” sites including Twitter and Facebook “would grind to a halt.”