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Hamburg court rules YouTube is responsible for content its users post


By The Drum Team | Editorial

April 20, 2012 | 1 min read

YouTube could be in trouble after a court in Hamburg ruled that the video sharing site is responsible for content its users post, meaning it could have to pay royalties for music clips posted.

German royalty collections group Gema said YouTube did not do enough to stop copyrighted clips being posted, with the court case by Gema based on 12 music clips posted on the site.

The court has now said it wants YouTube to install filters that spot when users try to post music clips whose rights are owned by Gema.

YouTube said it took no responsibility for what users uploaded, but responded when told of copyright violations.

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