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Business News (more headlines) 03-23-2014

Statement Of Sandra Aistars, CEO Of The Copyright Alliance Regarding YouTube's Settlement With Viacom

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"Today's settlement of the seven year long copyright litigation between YouTube and Viacom is a welcome development for the creative community, because it signals that cooperative solutions to long standing problems facing artists, creators and innovators on line might now be possible."

"Nevertheless, independent creators and small businesses still face enormous challenges tracking down and removing or licensing the use of their creative works on line. The time spent on ineffective enforcement is limiting time creators spend on their art, and in some cases, causing them to abandon their work or stop distributing it online entirely. Meanwhile, despite the settlement with YouTube, complex issues related to search, ad networks and payment processing remain unchanged, and require much more work by everyone who wants a vibrant and diverse internet marketplace."

"Litigation is never a good path for creators. It is unfortunate that it is sometimes the only tool available to demand the attention of large scale infringers. Individual creators did not and still don't have the tools necessary to force UGC sites and deliberate pirate sites to respect their creative works. We hope that progress that has occurred since early 2008 when YouTube began to filter for infringing content, and made its "notice and takedown" system much more effective for certain users and works will continue and will expand to other sites and all types of works and creators. After all Indie creators are the heart and soul of the internet." Sandra Aistars, CEO, Copyright Alliance

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