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Viacom Can’t Seek Punitive Damages Against Google

If Viacom wanted to seek punitive damages for copyright infringement on YouTube, it’s too late. Last week a judge denied a claim made by Viacom in their $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube. US District Court Judge Louis Stanton ruled that Vicom will not be able to collect for punitive damages in the case. Originally, the case allowed for Viacom to add new claims for punitive damages. Now they can’t.

If any violations are found to be willful the penalty could be up to $150,000. However, it’s more likely the copyright videos on YouTube were not willful and the penalties will be from $750 to $30,000 per violation.

Google has until May 9th to submit documents related to the case that was filed a year ago.

  • Craig

    That ruling should really effect the award in this case. Viacom is going to pull out all the stops here.

  • Forumistan

    Yep, Viacom is going to pull out.