Viacom v. YouTube (2d Cir. 2012)

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In Viacom v. YouTube, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently rendered a decision in what could have been a watershed copyright case, involving the intersection between user-generated content and the responsibility of Internet service providers to "police" piracy on their sites under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Unfortunately, the decision raises more questions than provides answers, and exposes the fault lines in the architecture of the statute.

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