Germany court rules Youtube must filter uploaded videos Matthew Pomy at 11:14 AM ET
[JURIST] A court in Hamburg, Germany ruled Friday that Google's YouTube service must use a filter to prevent people from uploading music videos that the do not have the right to upload. The ruling effectively holds Google liable [AP report] for content that is uploaded by users and increases their responsibility to police content. Google must immediately block the video to prevent further copyright infringement. Further, the court ruled that Google needs to use new filters to prevent users from uploading infringing material. The lawsuit was brought by Germany's music copyright organization, GEMA [official website, in German], regarding 12 user uploaded music videos that were not properly licensed. GEMA welcomed the ruling [press release, in German] as a "major success."
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