IP: Did Vimeo drift outside the DMCA’s safe harbor?

Because Vimeo employees were aware of infringing content, a judge ruled the company could be held liable

Video-sharing service Vimeo, a subsidiary of Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, is another in a growing cadre of social media sites that share users' content with one another, allowing users to post videos and comments about those videos. The site has more than 14 million registered users and gets its revenue from subscription fees and advertising.

Like other social media sites that seek to build a larger audience and then hope to monetize their investment by targeted advertising to users (Pinterest, in particular, comes to mind), Vimeo walks a fine line when it comes to user-posted content that includes copyrighted material.

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Scott Slavick

Scott Slavick is a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione, where his practice focuses primarily on trademark prosecution and trademark litigation. Scott maintains all aspects...

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