You might recall back in 2007 Viacom sued Google and YouTube for allegedly violating copyright. Viacom contended that YouTube knowingly allowed video that violated copyright to be uploaded to the internet using its tools.
Reuters reports today that Google and YouTube have won the suit. The judge says that mere knowledge of possible copyright violations is not enough to hold YouTube accountable. Google has argued that it is protected under the Safe Harbor provision of the DMCA.
Naturally, Viacom plans to appeal the decision. Viacom says that the ruling is fundamentally flawed and doesn't reflect recent precedence in similar cases.