YouTube must now install filters to stop users from uploading music videos that violate rights of music-royalties collecting body, the German Hamburg's state court said, according to the Associated Press (reported in the Washington Post).
The court ruled against Google Inc.'s YouTube unit for "bear[ing] no legal responsibility for the uploaded content" and told YouTube to install filters to protect musicians' right, the Associated Press said.
But Google still sees the ruling as "a partial victory," according to the New York Times, because the judge, Henier Steeneck, despite telling Google to install the new program to stop violating copyright, agreed that Google was not directly responsible for the uploaded material. According to the Associated Press, the court ruled that the copyright violator is the user who uploaded the song. "There is no obligation to control all videos already uploaded to the platform," the court said, according to the Associated Press.
GEMA, the German association that sued Google Inc., also said "this is a victory," according to the New York Times.
The case started with GEMA suing Google over 12 illegally uploaded videos in 2010, according to the New York Times. Google is expected to appeal the ruling.