Does YouTube’s Autoplay Feature Hurt Its DMCA Safe Harbor Protection?
A long-running class action lawsuit against YouTube alleging mass copyright infringement and failures in YouTube’s enforcement system has raised an interesting question. Does YouTube’s ‘Autoplay’ feature, which effectively sees the platform take control of what content is shown, undermine YouTube’s safe harbor protections under the DMCA?
A class action lawsuit filed in 2020 by musician Maria Schneider against YouTube is showing no sign of a conclusion.
The complaint, which alleges mass infringement and serious deficiencies in YouTube’s copyright enforcement measures, has seen the exposure of fraud and calls from YouTube to have the whole case dismissed.
With the case now spanning three years, both sides are still willing to spend huge sums of money fighting their respective corners. Quite how the plaintiffs are able to match Google’s bottomless financial pit is unknown, but at times they are raising some interesting questions, some of which relate to YouTube’s DMCA safe harbor protections.
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