YouTube prevails in French copyright lawsuit

French court dismisses copyright infringement suit from broadcaster TF1

A week after its courtroom triumph over Oracle Corp., Google has scored an international victory against French television broadcaster TF1. The channel sued Google-owned YouTube for copyright infringement in March 2008, arguing that the video hosting site was liable for TF1 programs posted by users.

A French court rejected these charges Tuesday, ruling that, as a hosting service, "the defendant is not responsible in principle for the video content on its site; only the users of the site are.” To add insult to injury, the broadcaster—which sought $175 million in damages—will have to pay nearly $100,000 in Google’s legal fees.

Alanna Byrne

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