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Why You Can’t Make Business Decision Based on “Law”(suits) March 13, 2007

Posted by David Card in Media.
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Maybe the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is nuts. But isn’t the real risk of Viacom suing Google that perhaps a real, live court case will uphold the safe harbor provision? That is, Google’s argument: “Hey, it’s not my problem — if you show me the copyrighted stuff, I’ll take it down. But I don’t have to do anything till you show me.”

I’m still pretty sure that this is a flagrant example of negotiating a deal in public. And the Journal has a good story that helps illustrate that absolutely no one knows how this will come out. Be sure it’ll take a while.

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