YouTube not liable for copyright infringement, rules German court

Murray Stassen

German collection society GEMA lost a copyright infringement dispute with YouTube in an appeals court in Germany last week.

GEMA, which represents composers, lyricists and publishers, claims that YouTube should pay 0.375 cents per view of some videos, but YouTube argues that it only distributes user generated content and therefore should not be liable to pay.

The Munich Regional Appeal Court ruled in favour of YouTube's argument that it is a content intermediary and is not responsible for copyright infringement.

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