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US court rejects Viacom $1-bn suit against YouTube

For the second time in three years, a federal judge has dismissed Viacom's $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube, saying the online video site doesn't have to police itself as long as it removes infringing videos when copyright owners give notice.

US District Court Judge Louis Stanton in New York ruled on Friday that Viacom never proved YouTube was aware of thousands of videos Viacom said were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central and BET.

Viacom Inc. said it will appeal. 'This ruling ignores the opinions of the higher courts and completely disregards the rights of creative artists,' the company said in a statement.
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