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YouTube & Music Label T-Series Reach Out Of Court Settlement

It's been rumored for a while, but now we've got a confirmation that Google owned video sharing site YouTube, and music label T-Series have reached an out of court settlement, thus bringing to conclusion a case which was first filed in 2007. According to the Delhi High Court's website, the case was "disposed off" on 31st January 2011, and on being contacted, Neeraj Kalyan, Head (International Business, Publishing & Digital Content) at T-Series confirmed to MediaNama that a settlement has been reached, though he declined to comment further for the time being, saying that some things are still being operationalized. We're yet to receive a response from Google India. A settlement might mean that official T-Series content might be made available on YouTube, but we haven't been able to confirm that. Which Way The Wind Is Blowing The case was first filed in 2007, when T-Series had obtained an interim order against YouTube from the Delhi High Court, restraining YouTube from infringing its copyright: arguments that followed in this case and others were focused on how some of the content being uploaded by users on sites like YouTube was benefiting the host site, but was infringing the publishers or music labels copyright. Could the platform (an intermediary) be held accountable for content being published by users? In 2008, it appeared that the new IT Act offered some relief to intermediaries, but subsequent arguments (from T-Series) suggested that violation of copyright was governed by the Copyright Act. But the wind is…

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