Los Angeles – Universal Music Group’s (UMG) appeal to the
Ninth Circuit of its loss in a copyright infringement case against video-sharing
site Veoh is likely to be heard before Viacom’s (NYSE:  VIA) appeal to the Second Circuit of
its similar loss of a suit brought against Google’s (NASD:  GOOG) YouTube, according to The
Hollywood Reporter.

The lower courts in both cases ruled that service providers
like YouTube and Veoh cannot be held liable for copyright infringement
committed by end users, under the "safe harbor" provisions of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Veoh’s legal team recently submitted
arguments to the Ninth Circuit stating that, "UMG’s interpretation of the
law would, if applied, wreak havoc on a variety of new media portals like Yahoo,
Google and Facebook," THR reported.

Both Veoh and YouTube have maintained
that they are complying with the terms of the DMCA which require them to take
down copyrighted videos when notified by copyrighted holders on a case-by-case


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