– Google (NASD: GOOG) has asked a federal judge to declare that its search engine does not
infringe copyrights when its search results provide links to copyrighted works
hosted on file-hosting service RapidShare, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The company was sued by independent record label Blue Destiny Records last
year, which claimed that Google — along with Microsoft’s (NASD: MSFT) Bing — was violating
copyrights by linking to unauthorized content hosted on RapidShare.
Destiny withdrew its claims in March, it reserved the right to refile copyright
claims, prompting Google to ask the court for a declaratory judgment in its
"If Google can win this case and get favorable treatment on appeal,
it could go a long way toward clearing a big chunk of its potential copyright
liability," the article speculated.