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Today, Public Knowledge joins the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting YouTube against claims of copyright infringement from Viacom.
The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge:
"In its briefs, Viacom is trying to stretch the law to try and find a way to go after YouTube. Although YouTube is a model for services that fall within the safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Viacom tries to sidestep these clear protections to find YouTube liable.
"Viacom takes legal shortcuts, arguing for a 'thoughtcrime' interpretation of the copyright infringement that would make it illegal to merely want someone else to infringe, without actually doing anything about it.