A court in Hamburg has ruled that YouTube is responsible for music videos uploaded by its users. It could land the website with a hefty royalties bill.
The legal action, for allegedly infringing the copyright of seven music clips, was brought against the website by German royalty collection body GEMA.
“We count this as an important success,” said Kerstin Decker, a GEMA spokesperson.
“YouTube has now been committed to take measures in order to avoid known infringements of musical work from GEMA’s repertoire. YouTube has to install a word filter.”
YouTube argued that it simply provided the means for people to publish content on the internet and was not there to look for possible copyright issues.
The website pointed out that 60 hours of video are uploaded to its pages every minute.