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A Bollywood filmmaker wins copyright case against Google, YouTube — but gets paid only $700 in damages

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:35 pm

Story : https://www.businessinsider.in/tech/news/youtube-and-google-lose-copyright-infri





Not a lot of people can say that they emerged triumphant against Google’s army of lawyers. But, Suneel Darshan — a Bollywood producer — is one of them.

The Indian filmmaker behind Bollywood hits like Andaaz and Barsaat emerged triumphant against Google and its video-sharing platform, YouTube, after an eight-year-long courtroom battle over copyright infringement.

The District Court of Gurgaon ruled in his favour, ordering Google and YouTube from infringing on his works but doled out only ₹50,000 in damages ($700).

Google and YouTube argued - as always - that they were only service providers, and not responsible for what users do with the service, well within the parameters of the IT Act, 2000. This is why most people file cases against whoever uploaded the video rather than the platform itself.







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