We’re suing you; erm, no we sued you first… Veoh

10 08 2007

Online video sharing site Veoh has taken pre-emptive action against Universal Music Group (UMG), asking a federal judge to prevent the record label from lodging its own copyright infringement action, reports AP via the International Herald Tribune.

Veoh say that it was notified by Vivendi-owned UMG last month that legal action for “massive infringement” of copyright was under consideration, a fate which might have befallen YouTube, had the two sides not subsequently reached terms. UMG also sued MySpace last year, claiming the site was offering videos of its artists posted without its consent.

Veoh claims it isn’t seeking damages against UMG, merely to enforce its rights under the ‘safe harbor’ provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright act, which exempts online service providers from liability, provided they quickly remove or disabled access to material identified in a copyright owner’s complaint.

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