Last month, we discussed US Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante’s March appearance before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Committee on the Judiciary in which she said copyright law is “showing the strain of its age and requires your attention.” On April 24, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced that the Judiciary Committee will conduct a comprehensive review of US copyright law over the coming months. The announcement was made before the World Intellectual Property Day celebration at the Library of Congress.
This 2007 WebProNews video discusses a case that should be considered when the committee is conducting its review, explaining how Universal Music Group filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement against the video-sharing website Veoh Networks. In a post for the technology blog Techdirt, internet consultant Joshua Metzger noted that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals last month unanimously upheld a district court’s ruling that Veoh was protected under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). While Veoh was victorious, Metzger explains how a few months after its win in district court, the company’s leadership “surveyed the war torn company” and decided to sell the assets and shut its doors. Veoh did not lose the case, but Metzger noted that it also did not receive any recourse for the substantial amount it had to invest in litigation.
“The judicial system provided Universal with what it could not achieve on a level business playing field,” Metzger wrote. “Veoh won the case but is not around to continue to grow. That is wrong.”
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