German Court Says YouTube Has To Pay Because A User Uploaded A Musician's Video
from the bizarrely-misguided dept
Just after a court ruling saying that YouTube did not have to rush and takedown videos covered by German collection society GEMA, but warning that YouTube could very well lose during a full trial, it appears that a German court has ordered YouTube to pay up, because some users uploaded videos of singer Sarah Brightman without permission. Google had argued that it can’t be held responsible for making sure the content users upload is not infringing, and pointed out that it even asks users to confirm that they have the rights to upload the works they’re uploading. However, the court claimed that such a requirement doesn’t absolve YouTube from liability.
The company is going to appeal, but I’m trying to figure out how this makes any sense at all. How can Google possibly know upfront whether or not a user has permission to upload content? It makes absolutely no sense.
Of course, the timing on this is quite good for me. I’m hopping a flight to Germany this weekend, to attend the A2N conference where (among other sessions), I’ll be having an on-stage talk with Patrick Walker, from YouTube — where I’ll at least be certain to ask about this.