Google does not have to filter YouTube

A French court has told French broadcaster TF1 that it can’t collect cash from Google for its sports and movie coverage which ended up on YouTube.

TF1 claimed 141 million euro in damages but was instead ordered to pay 80,000 euro of Google’s legal fees.

The court ruled that Google was not responsible for filtering content on YouTube, dealing a blow to which sought damages for copyrighted.

It follows an earlier case in France in 2011 in which video-sharing website Dailymotion was classified as a ‘platform’ for content and not an ‘editor’ of content.

What the ruling means is that websites are not legally responsible for ensuring that pirated content does not appear, as long as they take steps to remove it once the copyright owner complains.

While there are other cases going on in Europe, a German court ruled in April that YouTube was responsible for the content its users published and should take down copyrighted clips or face a hefty royalties bill.

However, in France, the courts have ruled that the defendant is not responsible in principle for the video content on its site; only the users of the site are.

Google had no obligation to police the content before it is put online as long as it informs users that posting television shows, music videos, concerts or advertisements without prior consent of the owner is not allowed.

TF1 said that the decision as surprising and was thinking about appealling it. Google told Reuters that the ruling was good for the company and for Internet users.