March 12, 2008

Punitive Damages Not Available in a Copyright Claim Against YouTube and Google

A federal district judge in New York has denied Viacom's effort to seek punitive damages against Google, holding that common law punitive damages can't be recovered under the Copyright Act. Last March, Viacom sued online video-sharing site YouTube Inc. and its parent company, Google Inc., saying the companies infringed on Viacom's copyrights because almost 160,000 unauthorized video clips were available for viewing on YouTube.

Click here for a copy of the district court's ruling.