Universal’s Suit Against Veoh Properly Tossed, Court Says

Copyright claims by Universal Music Group and other studios against the Internet video-site operator Veoh Networks Inc. were properly dismissed, a federal appeals court ruled.

Veoh was protected from the claims by “safe harbor” provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which shields Internet service providers that unknowingly post copyrighted material and remove it when alerted, a three-judge panel in San Francisco said today.

The court previously ruled in favor of Veoh in 2011, granting the studio’s request for rehearing. It issued a new opinion today. The lawsuit was filed in 2007 against Veoh and its backers. Most of Veoh’s assets were acquired in 2010 by Qlipso Media Networks Ltd.

Universal Music is a unit of Paris-based Vivendi SA. (VIV)

Steven Marenberg, an attorney for Universal, didn’t immediately reply to a voice-mail message seeking comment about the ruling.

The case is UMG Recordings Inc. v. Veoh Networks Inc., 10- 0955902, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (San Francisco).

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