A French court ruled that Google
Google faces other cases in the United States involving media giant Viacom
YouTube has support
In France the courts have sided with Google. “The defendant is not responsible in principle for the video content on its site; only the users of the site are,” the decision reads. “It has no obligation to police the content before it is put online as long as it informs users that posting television shows, music videos, concerts or advertisements without prior consent of the owner is not allowed.” The case can still be appealed because it was made by a civil court of first instance in Paris. A spokeswoman for TF1, which is France's biggest broadcaster, s aid it saw the decision as “surprising in several respects.” “For that reason, TF1 is studying whether to appeal the decision,” she added. Google welcomed the decision, saying it was good for the company and for Internet users.
Christophe Mueller, head of partnerships for YouTube in Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, welcomed the decision as allowing the site to continue as an “open platform for everyone.” “We continue to oppose any demands to systematically filter or pre-screen YouTube content and are confident that future court rulings will uphold the need to allow innovative Web services to flourish,” Mueller said in a statement.