Tue, Jul 17th 2007 6:31am
The head of a Los Angeles news agency has managed to grab himself a lot of publicity by filing the first lawsuit against YouTube for copyright infringement last year. While it would appear that YouTube would enjoy protection from such suits, thanks to Section 230 Communications Decency Act, which shields site owners from liability for content uploaded by users, plenty of other companies have chimed in with their own similar suits. The merit of the news agency's suit is debatable at best, but it seems pretty clear that the correct people to sue, in any case, would be the people who uploaded the video, not YouTube. However, the guy that owns the agency now says he might sue Apple for "secondary copyright infringement", since the iPhone can view YouTube videos. This is pretty ridiculous. What's next? Suing Dell since they make computers that can access the YouTube site? Suing mobile phone companies whose handsets can access it? What about companies that make those internet fridges. Should they be worried?
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