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Google Settles YouTube Copyright Case with Viacom

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Google and US media giant, Viacom have settled a long running court dispute over copyright of video clips uploaded to the YouTube website.

The dispute started back in 2007, and Viacom had been seeking USD1 billion in damages for copyright infringement from Google.

Neither side commented on the terms of the settlement, although it is understood to have not involved any payments by Google.

The companies said in a joint statement: "This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together."

The settlement follows an appeal by Viacom over a judgment last April which ruled that Google should not pay damaged to the company.

Google had cited the US copyright law that meant it could not be held responsible for other users uploading content to its servers, so long as it complied with removal notices if submitted to it.

Google's settlement is now thought to include a revenue sharing agreement with Viacom for videos that are uploaded to its service.

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