Video-sharing site Veoh cleared in copyright case


A U.S. judge sided with Veoh Networks over a content company in a copyright infringement lawsuit that is similar to the $1 billion case that pits Viacom against YouTube.

Veoh is an online video business backed by Time Warner Investments, Adobe Systems and Viacom alumni Tom Freston and Jonathan Dolgen.

Veoh was being sued by an adult entertainment company called Io Group, which accused Veoh of allowing its users to illegally post video belonging to Io.

Judge Howard Lloyd of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, though, threw out the case Thursday on the grounds that Veoh, in working diligently to stop piracy at its site, was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Lloyd noted that his decision should not be interpreted as protection for "less than scrupulous service providers" that habitually violate copyrights but noted that Veoh clearly is not in that category.

Google praised the decision and drew a comparison between its YouTube property and Veoh.

"YouTube has gone above and beyond the law to protect content owners while empowering people to communicate and share their experiences online," YouTube chief counsel Zahavah Levine said Thursday.

Viacom filed suit last year against YouTube claiming it engages in "massive intentional copyright infringement." (partialdiff)