Appeals court upholds ruling in favor of Veoh

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a ruling that says user-generated video site Veoh is entitled to safe harbor from monetary damages in a copyright infringement case brought by Universal Music Group.

Judge Raymond Fisher said in a decision filed Tuesday that Universal could not put the burden of finding and deleting copyright-infringing material on Veoh.

The website’s actions to take down infringing material once it was notified also protected it under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The court did not award lawyers’ fees to Veoh, but said it might be able to recoup some other costs after it offered to settle the case three years ago for $100,000, but Universal refused.

Universal, a unit of Vivendi SA, sued Veoh in 2007. Neither side responded to requests for comment.