YouTube Wins TV Network Copyright Claim In France

Posted on May 29 2012 - 5:39pm by Editorial Staff

A French court dismissed claims from France’s largest television broadcaster TF1 over YouTube’s violated its copyright. Going back on early 2008, TF1 sued YouTube over copyright infringement by making available of several of their TV programs on YouTube: TF1 claimed more than EUR140 million ($175 million) in damages.

YouTube users following today’s court decision will now be free to post materials on the site without fear of any liability, Christophe Muller, head of YouTube partnerships in Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, wrote in a blog post.

“The verdict demonstrates how the Internet is enriching French culture,” Muller wrote. “By embracing the Web, this verdict moves France a step forward to further benefit from (the) Internet’s massive economic and cultural opportunity.”

He further said, “Will be more videos posted on the net generating more revenue for artists and more exposure to a global audience for these artists.”

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