A federal judge in New York has determined that video website Vimeo has to face a copyright infringement lawsuit pursued against the company back in 2009.
When Capitol Records and other record labels filed a legal action accusing Vimeo of illegally copying, performing, and distributing recordings of their artists, Vimeo asserted that it was free of liability due to the protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
However, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams denied Vimeo’s defense. Although 55 out of 199 videos in question counted as Vimeo victories, the other 144 videos escapes such liability due to employee interaction with the videos.
Vimeo may have been fully aware of the infringements taking place on the 144 videos (despite their pleas of oblivion), which will allow record companies to continue their lawsuit against the video website.