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A court in Munich has ruled that the online video service YouTube is not responsible for copyright infringing content uploaded by the service’s users.


  • German authors’ society GEMA said the decision meant YouTube was presently not financially accountable within the current legal framework when works protected by copyright are used on the platform.

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  • The research note details the latest court case involving YouTube and German authors' society GEMA.
  • The research note also provides a timeline of legal rulings since the dispute between YouTube and GEMA began back in 2009.

Key questions answered

  • Why is YouTube not responsible for copyright infringing content being uploaded to the service in Germany?
  • What legal action has GEMA taken against YouTube and why?

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  • Summary
  • YouTube wins the latest legal round with GEMA
  • Chronology of the GEMA YouTube dispute
  • No end in sight to the standoff


  • Author

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