In 2006 Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.
Little did they know that one year on they would be defending themselves in one of the longest running court cases involving copyrighted material on the internet.
Media enterprise Viacom initiated legal proceedings in 2007, claiming that YouTube had breached copyright by allowing users to upload millions of videos online.
After two years of the lawsuit being contested in court, a Federal judge ruled that YouTube was protected from any legal ramifications under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Viacom then appealed this decision, seeking for another hearing in an effort to prove that YouTube knowingly published copyrighted material. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit accepted the appeal and granted permission for the case to be re-heard in front of a jury.
In April 2013, a Federal judge again found YouTube innocent of any copyright breach. Viacom has made known their intention to appeal this most recent decision, ensuring that YouTube is not yet in the clear. A summary of court proceedings can be found here: